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The Bamboo Bed : American Literature (Dalkey Archive) - William Eastlake

The Bamboo Bed

American Literature (Dalkey Archive)

Paperback Published: 3rd December 2005
ISBN: 9781564782649
Number Of Pages: 350

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Written shortly after William Eastlake's return from Vietnam where he was a reporter for Nation magazine, The Bamboo Bed was one of the first novels to proclaim the insanity of the Vietnam War. The plot revolves around Captain Clancy, who--mortally wounded while leading a charge up Ridge Red Boy--lies dying in a bamboo bed. His final thoughts about the war are juxtaposed against the escapades of Captain Knightbridge and Nurse Jane of the Search & Rescue Unit, who copulate in their helicopter--the "Bamboo Bed"--at 10,000 feet, setting a wartime record. Down below, two hippie kids wander the jungle trying to end the Vietnam War with a dream and a guitar. Both lyric and surreal, The Bamboo Bed treats with humor and outrage the grim absurdity of war.

"The Bamboo Bed says more about the Vietnam atrocities... than all the photographs, interviews, news copy, and trial transcripts." -- New Republic "This is a very funny novel, one that catches your laughter up with catharsis, changing the fun into reflection... " -- Library Journal "William Eastlake is the funniest, most profound, most musical writer I've read in years." -- Robie Macauley, New York Times

ISBN: 9781564782649
ISBN-10: 1564782646
Series: American Literature (Dalkey Archive)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 3rd December 2005
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45