A Walk in the Sun

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U of Nebraska Press, 1944 - Fiction - 187 pages
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With A Walk in the Sun, Harry Brown tells an understated yet gripping and realistic tale of the randomness and impersonal nature of combat. In the Allied landings at Salerno on the Italian peninsula during World War II, a fictional platoon loses its lieutenant and senior sergeant to enemy fire, regroups inland to decide what to do, and soon loses its next-senior NCO to battle fatigue. This short but intense novel follows the remaining members of the platoon as they attempt to ascertain their mission and carry it out based on the only guide they have, a map found on the lieutenant?s body. The day unfolds from there?as simple as a walk in the sun, as simple, really, as war sometimes is. Some make it, some don?t, and those who don?t aren?t always dead. Brown?s spare narration echoes the gritty realities his characters face and provides an unflinching portrayal of the uncertainty of war.
 

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Brown's 1944 novel follows a platoon of U.S. infantrymen trying to make their way across Italy alone after their C.O. is killed. With the recent success of the films Saving Private Ryan and The Thin ... Read full review

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This is a well written, short book!

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Section 1
20
Section 2
40
Section 3
54
Section 4
71
Section 5
88
Section 6
123
Section 7
138
Section 8
156
Section 9
174
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A Walk in the Sun was made into a 1946 movie starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, and Lloyd Bridges. Harry Brown (1917?86) was the screenwriter for over twenty movies, including El Dorado, Ocean?s Eleven, The Deep Six, and Sands of Iwo Jima.

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