IN THE SPRING THE WAR ENDED by Steven Linakis

IN THE SPRING THE WAR ENDED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

War Ended is a first novel which the publishers are launching with some big guns and it has an aggressive power as well as a rugged, daring style. It also is fairly uneven in spots as it tracks an AWOL G.I.'s odyssey through Belgium and France: there are polyglot bar scenes which invariably degenerate, contrasting with a fairly trite courtroom scene trial. Nick, its anti-hero, is engaged in a picaresque pursuit of Suzy, his French mistress/dream, which takes him from mental hospitals to Jails to fleabag hotels throughout the European theatre. Sometimes he's so sidetracked by fellow deserters or after-hours activity that it's confusing. But after whoring, hoisting and hotfooting it from here to there, he is naught and sentenced. Some of the difficulties this first novel will encounter involve a certain aimlessness as well as the incessant obscenity which makes for better G.I. talk than literature.

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 1965
Publisher: Putnam