Wow! This book, published posthumously after being rediscovered in the drawer in which it sat for 35 years, confounds expectations, and is much more than it first appears. Abrahams presents a vivid portrayal of life for a young Jewish man serving in the National Service in postwar Britain, while offering some insight into the brutality of the times during the birth of the state of Israel. Suffice to say he has more on his agenda than National Service, and is no run-of-the-mill recruit. For a first time writer with no professional editorial support (his wife helped him transpose from hand-written to type), Abrahams has not only handled his tale adeptly, but produced a page-turner! And who knew that although 50's Britain was still rationing some things, there was apparently no shortage of action for a soldier on leave?