The Wake of the General Bliss A Novel of World War II
Place Published: Salt Lake City
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Date Published: 2008
Edition: First Edition Thus
Condition: As NEW
Book Id: 13701
SIGNED. 188 pp. 23 cm. Blue wrappers. "In February 1946, 4000 homesick, sex-starved GIs crammed aboard the U.S.S. General Bliss in mid-Pacific are cruising home from the Asian theater of war. Among them are three sergeants who performed as a jazz trio while stationed in India, and who now come together to reminisce about music, their wartime adventures, America, combat, women they had or wanted, and culture shock in the Far East. The threeonce-suicidal pianist Mark Reiter, sex-obsessed Mormon bass player Stan Norman and easygoing LeRoy Warner, an electric guitarist from Georgiamake for vivid contrasts in this unusual novel by the author of the The Clam Lake Papers. Himself a jazz musician, Lueders artificially structures this ship's log with music-like techniquesstream-of-consciousness "solos," jazzy prose-poems, "trios" of dialogue, a coda and so forth. His salty, syncopated prose splices the passengers' inner thoughts to the sea's rocking rhythms, as each member of the trio navigates between an all-too-vivid past and an uncertain future on a voyage of self-discovery." Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.