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The Gallery - John Horne Burns
The Gallery
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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... show more
"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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590170809 (1590170806)
ASIN: 1590170806
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it
5.0 The Gallery
This is a WWII novel, but not one that you would expect. This depicts the Greatest Generation through contemporary eyes, not the misty revisionism of Tom Brokaw. They're flawed, in turns cowardly, venal and brave and compassionate. Combat rarely comes into it, the war is something they dread, or som...
aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
4.0 Portraits of War's Impact
John Horne Burns' The Gallery isn't always pretty, but neither is life. It takes us on a journey into the hearts and minds of an unlikely mix of American servicemen and vanquished Neapolitans after the Allied invasion of Southern Italy. In a series of nine portraits, we meet a few honorable American...
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