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The luncheon was a calamity and as soon as he could decently do so General
Webster dragged me back to his office where he shouted at his aide, "Go out and
haul in Major Bartlett." Then he called his secretary and dictated a sharp note: "
Effective immediately no Japanese nationals shall participate in any functions of
the Kobe Officers Club, including specifically but not exclusively eating in the
Club dining room." "Post it conspicuously!" he said, and as the secretary started
to leave ...
"I understand," the major droned in an unusually offensive way. "You understand
that you're not to bring that girl into the Club again?" "I understand." This
infuriated the general, who said sharply, "And you're not to be seen on the public
streets with her." The major looked at me, raised his eyebrows and said, "I
understand." This was too much for the general. He said sharply, "Major Bartlett, I'
ve been ordered to send a levy to Korea. You'd better go along." "Certainly." Now
I'd had ...
I realized immediately that this sounded pretty awful, and I was sure of it when
Major Bartlett suddenly picked up his spoon and started polishing it like mad. I
glared at him but he simply looked at the spoon, breathed on it the way you do
when you're polishing apples and polished some more. Any trouble between me
and the fat major was averted by the appearance of the young Marine lieutenant
and his lovely Japanese girl. He had apparently not seen the notice, for he
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LynleyS - LibraryThing
I'm conflicted when it comes to rating this book, which is a confronting tale of sexism and racism and it pissed me off at regular intervals. But because it was written in 1954, I've no doubt it's an ... Read full review
SAYONARAUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Along the "Butterfly" theme is this story of the incorruptible young officer, Major Lloyd Gruver, West Point '44 and Korean war ace, whose smug belief that he will follow the career laid out by his ... Read full review