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-- Dying in a bamboo bed, Captain Clancy hallucinates several philosophical conversations with a snake and a tiger. Meanwhile, Captain Knightbridge and Nurse Jane of the Search & Rescue Unit have sex in their helicopter -- the Bamboo Bed -- at 10,000 feet, setting a wartime record. Down below, two hippy kids wander the forest trying to end the Vietnam war with a dream and a guitar. In the tradition of Catch-22 and Dr. Strangelove, The Bamboo Bed treats with hilarity and outrage the grim absurdity of war.
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In an interview conducted nearly twenty years ago, William Eastlake said of writing The Bamboo Bed: "Out of my limited experience (in Vietnam), as a novelist I had to write about it. And time will tell whether the book has any value. But I fulfilled my responsibility in trying. The Bamboo Bed certainly has as much value today as when it was originally published in 1969--perhaps more. For Eastlake's absurd vision of war is still striking, and his comic surrealism and lyric prose still ring true as world events remind us that "on this small planet earth we're killing each other periodically. People can't behave this way. . . . war is a form of madness."About the Author:
William Eastlake is the author of several novels, including Castle Keep and Lyric of the Circle Heart, both available from Dalkey Archive Press.
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Book Description Avon Books, 1985. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110380699664
Book Description Avon Books, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0380699664
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0380699664