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Plumes (Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War) (Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Series) [Paperback]

Steven Trout , Laurence Stallings , George Garrett
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15 Dec 2006 1570036497 978-1570036491 Pbk. Ed
An autobiographical novel of the Great War's aftermath, Plumes is the story of the personal trials of a soldier, returned from the front disabled and disillusioned, and of the wife and child he left behind. Like his creator, Laurence Stallings, Richard Plume is a U.S. Marine whose combat injuries ultimately cost him a leg and much faith in his government and society. Carefully structured to emphasize the immediacy of problems faced by its players, the novel relegates combat scenes to flashbacks and centers instead on the struggles Richard faces as he tries to carve out a humble but honest existence in postwar Washington, D.C., for his wife, Esme, and son, Dickie. As he struggles to understand the external and internal causes that made him a victim, he turns to his heritage. Patriotic Plumes men fought in every American conflict from Valley Forge onward, and while all returned with wounds and woes, none ever doubted that battlefield glory was worth the price-none until Richard, who yearns to spare Dickie from the fate of his forebears.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; Pbk. Ed edition (15 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570036497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570036491
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,772,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Macon, Georgia, U.S. Marine Captain Laurence Stallings (1894-1968) was wounded at Belleau Wood. On returning from duty, he coauthored the acclaimed Broadway play What Price Glory and later wrote or collaborated on numerous productions for stage and screen. George Garrett, professor emeritus of creative writing at the University of Virginia, is the author of thirty books and editor of nineteen others, including Death of the Fox, The Succession, and Entered from the Sun. Steven Trout is a professor of English at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. His books include Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War and The Literature of the Great War Reconsidered: Beyond Modern Memory.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Classic 14 Oct 2012
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Laurence Stallings served in the USMC in WW1 and was badly wounded at Belleau Wood. The novel is based on his experiences, starting before the war and covering his long recuperation. The Plumes of the title are a family who have always answered the call to arms; they are always the first to volunteer but gain little but suffering for their patriotism. The latest Plume goes to France in 1917 and like his forebears is severly wounded. The bulk of the novel covers his life after returning to the US, undergoing numerous operations and trying to rebuild his life. The neglect suffered by the returning soldiers is topical today and the novel is a seering indictment of the governments who send young men off to fight. As an anti-war novel 'Plumes' ranks alongside 'All Quiet On The Western Front' and 'Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man'. This edition includes a scholarly introduction and is recommended for anyone with an interest in the literature of the First World War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plumes is a wonderful book. 8 July 2013
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Plumes was a wonderful surprise. I was greatly moved by this book. The very fact that the author experienced in actuality much of what his characters did in the novel made the book very powerful. Most of what i read about WWI is from the English point of view. This story about the American experience in the Great War and its aftermath was very satisfying.
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