The Gallery

The Gallery

eBook - 2013
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"The first book of real magnitude to come out of the last war." --John Dos PassosJohn Horne Burns brought The Gallery back from World War II, and on publication in 1947 it became a critically-acclaimed bestseller. However, Burns's early death at the age of 36 led to the subsequent neglect of this searching book, which captures the shock the war dealt to the preconceptions and ideals of the victorious Americans.Set in occupied Naples in 1944, The Gallery takes its name from the Galleria Umberto, a bombed-out arcade where everybody in town comes together in pursuit of food, drink, sex, money, and oblivion. A daring and enduring novel--one of the first to look directly at gay life in the military--The Gallery poignantly conveys the mixed feelings of the men and women who fought the war that made America a superpower.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781590178072
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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odzilla Jan 03, 2015

Invaluable for its details about life among American soldiers abroad and not directly involved in battle during WWII. Also for its picture of life in Naples toward the end of the war. Marred by the author's sophomoric philosophizing, purple prose, and condescending attempts to record uneducated GIs' speech patterns.

Larry245 Aug 27, 2013

I read this for a book club discussion group. I liked the interspersed promenades between chapters about various characters. It led me to believe that the horrors of war did not discriminate -- a lot of people were hurt by the war.
Would love to hear comments from soldiers of WW II who have read this book.

Sep 12, 2011

disturbingly good


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