November 16, 2013

Gloomgreen Badwriting

James Jones's "The Thin Red Line": spoiled in places by bad writing that draws attention to its badness with its little look-at-me stabs at dated, manly, avant garde literary daring. It gets pretty tiresome after a while, but I can't put it down. As a Pacific War (such an oxymoron) book, for me it doesn't quite measure up to "With The Old Breed" and the others of that ilk I liked in much flatter first-person prose, but there's still something seductive about it, even if the dialog does read like a script for a 1960's B movie, and I hear the accents and diction of so many war movie actors whenever I read the words….

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