- Tapa blanda: 208 páginas
- Editor: Vintage (3 de febrero de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0099532220
- ISBN-13: 978-0099532224
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The Suicide Run (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 3 feb 2011
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"Quite brilliant" (Esquire)
"In his elegant, sometimes ornate, prose, Styron balances a loathing of military life with a respect for the human nobility it grants the most unlikely candidates" (Daily Telegraph)
"This group of previously unpublished stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Styron crackle with youthful virtuosity" (Jeffrey Taylor Sunday Express)
"What intrigues here is the way all soldiers, whether or not they ever see combat, still live with the notion: I am expendable canon fodder. And that sort of existential knowledge makes even the toughest Marine pause for thought" (Douglas Kennedy Independent)
"This book will be welcomed by admirers of Styron's work" (Times Literary Supplement)
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The five personal and intensely powerful tales that make up this collection draw upon William Styron's real-life experiences in the US Marine Corps, and give us an insight into the early life of one of America's greatest modern writers.
The stories are set in the gruelling camps and sweltering training fields which mark the limbo point between civilian life and the horrors of war. The stories tell of young men embarking on suicidal 1000 mile roundtrips to New York to see their girlfriends on 36 hour leave periods; the surreal experience of being conscripted for a second time to serve in the Korean War; and the frustration and isolation of returning home when service is over.
The Suicide Run brings to life the drama, inhumanity, absurdity and heroism that forever changed the men who served in the Marine Corps.
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Then there is the specter of race. In "Marriott, the Marine," it is rumored that half dozen or so black people had committed suicide rather than be uprooted from their homes to make way for what would eventually be called Camp Lejeune. And Paul in "My Father's House" has a heated argument with his stepmother Isabel over whether or not a black man convicted of raping a white woman should be executed. He, a liberal for the times who carried a copy of POCKET BOOK OF VERSE with him throughout the war, weighs in on a prison sentence since the rapist had not killed anyone. In the eyes of Isabel, however, he is a "monster," who has committed a crime worse than murder and moreover is represented by a New York "little Jew" lawyer. Finally Paul runs into the family cook Florence, who had been fired by his stepmother over a clash of personalities and whom he loves. She is thrilled to see that he has returned from the war unscathed. "'My my, you is some big boy now.'" Paul's character surely is on some level autobiographical as he says that since boyhood "the whole conundrum of color and slavery's cruel bequest--had begun to absorb me." Readers of Styron know that he went on to write the controversial CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER.
No writer comes to mind better than Mr. Styron at character development, often extended but sometimes by a few deft sentences artfully constructed: Blankenkenship from the first story; Marriott, the Marine who speaks fluent French, reads Flaubert but in the end is a Marine to the core; Darling (Dee) Jeeter, Jr., the country boy from South Carolina who cannot wait to kill the first enemy soldier; his father, "Daddy" Jeeter dying from lung cancer, a "boozer, brawler," but also a decorated war hero; Mamie Eubanks, the twenty-year-old Baptist girl, with whom Paul is smitten-- at least for carnal reasons. She reads THE ROBE (a novel I had not thought about since high school) and ends phone conversations with "God bless."
Styron is a master of metaphor. A character has eyes with irises "like thin blue flakes of splintered glass, twinkly with scorn." Fallen soldiers have "pureed brains." On a more pleasant note, the "afternoon sacrament of ice cream." In a parade on Fifth Avenue in New York, the narrator of "Marriott, the Marine" sees General Douglas MacArthur, just having been removed by President Truman from his post as commander of United Nations and Amerian forces in the Far East. He glances straight at the narrator and "behind the raspberry-tinted sunglasses his eyes appeared as glassily opaque and mysterious as those of an old, sated lion pensively digesting a wildebeest." Finally the same narrator says "Flaubert's enormous craft, his monkish dedication, his irony, his painstaking regard for the nuances of language--all of these commanded my passionate admiration." These very words could be used to describe the genius of Styron, himself.