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The long march

Author: William Styron
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Bantam Windstone editionView all editions and formats
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In the shadow of the Korean War, a series of misfired mortar shells kill six men in a Marine camp during a training exercise, prompting the commanding officer to order a grueling punishment: a thirty-six mile march through the suffocating heat of the Carolina summer. Intended to beat discipline into the aging reservists, the march instead rankles Lieutenant Culver and Captain Mannix, whose growing resentment of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
War stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Styron
ISBN: 055314667X 9780553146677
OCLC Number: 8188773
Notes: "Bantam Windstone edition, June 1981"--Verso of title-page.
A novella originally published in February, 1953 issue of Discovery.
Description: 84 pages ; 18 cm
Responsibility: William Styron.

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In the shadow of the Korean War, a series of misfired mortar shells kill six men in a Marine camp during a training exercise, prompting the commanding officer to order a grueling punishment: a thirty-six mile march through the suffocating heat of the Carolina summer. Intended to beat discipline into the aging reservists, the march instead rankles Lieutenant Culver and Captain Mannix, whose growing resentment of the brutal trek leads to an ultimate, powerful act of rebellion. The Long March is a withering critique of a military system that leaves no room for dignity or personal identity. Told in part through flashbacks and dream sequences, the story is immersed in vivid language and philosophical reflection--a poignant defense of the individual in the face of attempted dehumanization.

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