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"Editor Bergmann attempts with much success to simulate a posthumous memoir of author, comedian, and radio personality Jean Shepherd's army years. Utilizing years of broadcasts and taking advantage of multiple retellings of the same events, Bergmann has assembled a surprisingly unified and confident account of oppressive years spent in the army's Signal Corps from 1942 to 1944, with factual commentary between chapters providing context. Shepherd was never shipped to a warzone; thus the incidents recounted mostly concern the accommodations at a series of stateside camps, the cruelty of the fellow soldiers, and the sometimes Kafka-esque bureaucracy. His service was not without the defiance of death, and seems to have damaged both Shepherd and his compatriots; the pessimistic tone may surprise fans. The collection is otherwise a compliment to Shepherd's usual storytelling and the exaggerated melodrama of his signature narration style, with a number of laugh-out-loud moments in a presentation that, against the odds, captures the energy of an oral telling. The book is reminiscent of Spike Milligan's WWII memoirs; both include stories told in hindsight of the authors' young goofball selves before their respective fame as radio comedians. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9781623160128
Author:
Shepherd, Jean
Publisher:
Opus Books
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Editor Bergmann attempts with much success to simulate a posthumous memoir of author, comedian, and radio personality Jean Shepherd's army years. Utilizing years of broadcasts and taking advantage of multiple retellings of the same events, Bergmann has assembled a surprisingly unified and confident account of oppressive years spent in the army's Signal Corps from 1942 to 1944, with factual commentary between chapters providing context. Shepherd was never shipped to a warzone; thus the incidents recounted mostly concern the accommodations at a series of stateside camps, the cruelty of the fellow soldiers, and the sometimes Kafka-esque bureaucracy. His service was not without the defiance of death, and seems to have damaged both Shepherd and his compatriots; the pessimistic tone may surprise fans. The collection is otherwise a compliment to Shepherd's usual storytelling and the exaggerated melodrama of his signature narration style, with a number of laugh-out-loud moments in a presentation that, against the odds, captures the energy of an oral telling. The book is reminiscent of Spike Milligan's WWII memoirs; both include stories told in hindsight of the authors' young goofball selves before their respective fame as radio comedians. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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