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The Resource Ever since Adam and Eve, by Terry Hekker

Ever since Adam and Eve, by Terry Hekker

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Ever since Adam and Eve
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Ever since Adam and Eve
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by Terry Hekker
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eng
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The career of a too-noble-for-words British Army officer--from World War I to Dunkirk, largely through a series of stiff flashbacks. "What chain of events, really, had brought him to this place, this ship, thinking these thoughts?" So wonders Capt. Bill Miller in 1936 as he leaves India, having been demoted for refusing to fire on non-violent demonstrators. Bill recalls his early history: running away from a lower-middle-class home to join the Army; Great War action in France, where he acquired a lifelong nemesis in snobbish officer Richard Merton; marriage to a colonel's flighty daughter; the decision to have an Army career; the boredom of peacetime soldiering in the 1920s--with a little excitement guarding the London docks during the 1926 General Strike. (Here, too, Bill's refusal to be trigger-happy gets him into trouble.) The early 1930s bring Bill to India, to the dismay of increasingly unfaithful wife Pauline: he battles the Wazirs while she heads home--and only after years of chastity does Bill finally find a new love/wife in American painter Lesley. But now, returning to the late 1930s, Bill and Lesley have separated--because of his decision to boost his fading military career by soldiering with the Franco forces in Spain. (Lesley's leftish.) Still, Lesley will return. Moreover, Bill's time in Spain will indeed upgrade his standing: he's now a Major--so, as WW II approaches, he becomes second-in-command to the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Wessex Rifles. . . who turns out to be none other than neurotic archenemy Merton. (Why does Merton hate Bill? Because Bill witnessed Merton's WW I cowardice.) And the novel's last 150 pages take Bill to Belgium, 1939-40, where he finds himself forced to disobey Merton's orders again and again: he does some solo spying; he almost gets sent home for overlooking an underling's embezzlement; but finally the unstable Merton is removed from command--so it's Bill who (with his advanced thinking on tanks and artillery) earns his general-ship in the battles leading up to Dunkirk. Flat characterization, minimal plotting, spotty history (with cameos by Nehru, Oswald Mosley)--but those who can stomach Bill's non-stop righteousness will find chunks of solid battle-action throughout Masters' final, posthumous novel. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 1984)
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043284
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1914-1983
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Hekker, Terry
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non fiction
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Ever since Adam and Eve, by Terry Hekker
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79000363
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227 p.
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9780688034429
Label
Ever since Adam and Eve, by Terry Hekker
Publication
Control code
79000363
Extent
227 p.
Isbn
9780688034429

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