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Old soldier; a novel

Bourjaily, Vance

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ISBN 10: 1556111983 / ISBN 13: 9781556111983
Published by Donald I. Fine, New York, 1990
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169p., signed by Bourjaily, very good first edition in cloth-backed boards, gilt and unclipped dj. Bookseller Inventory # 58603

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Title: Old soldier; a novel

Publisher: Donald I. Fine, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Tough ex-soldier Joe McKay and his gifted, sensitive brother Tommy are as different as they can be, until a silent killer strikes Tommy and the roles are reversed

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Bourjaily's ( Confessions of a Spent Youth ) latest is like a sumptuously wrapped box containing a gorgeous garment--in the wrong size. This story of two brothers, intricately plotted, quickly paced, fails to convince at its most crucial junctures. A model of economy, with every detail exquisitely prefiguring the violent climax as well as the haunting denouement, the narrative revolves around conventionally masculine ex-sergeant Joe and gay musician Tommy, who is diagnosed as having AIDS. The bond between the two--which encompasses Joe's relationships with Tommy's ex-wife and teenage son--is conveyed in all its painful ambiguities, with Bourjaily shifting perspectives like a master cameraman to capture the complexities of each scene. Both Joe and Tommy, furthermore, are commanding, even charismatic figures. But Tommy's responses to AIDS are so tersely explored that they seem stereotypical; and the portrait of a pivotal character here, a young man with a borderline personality, lacks authenticity. Not even Bourjaily's otherwise expert craftsmanship can disguise these flaws.
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