Good, Clean Family Fun ...,
By A Customer
This review is from: One of the Guys (Hardcover)
... Not. But this book is fun. As an Army vet, I found that the depiction of military life was compelling and accurate; the way in which the purity of action, in terms of achieving the military goals, mixes with the vulgarity of desire, in this case the impending good times promised by the Phillipines, results in good comic effect. Young never lets his characters lapse into caricature, however, which is a grace not often found in picaresque writing.
The regularity of the prose, awfully plain at times, is an interesting attribute of the book. It's the talk of the twelve-step program, the desperate grab for common nouns and regular activity in the hopes that the world will start making sense. That Miles is able to do so in the topsy-turvy world of acronyms, parties and belligerent cpo's is all the more admirable.