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Feb 16, 2015 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
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IMDB description: In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facili ...more
Well, actually I first read this book sometime around 1965--my copy was printed in 1964. A WWII novel, set in an N.P. (neuro-psychiatric) ward on air base in the American southwest. No shots are fired in this slim war novel. I admire Mr. Rosten's ability to bring characters to life through dialog. Captain Newman and his patients, backed up by his ward man, the incredible Laibowitz, all assume a three-dimensional nature that draws me back again and again. Though Newman uses the tools of psychoana ...more
A favorite of mine, it's about a Army Air Force (they were the same at the time) psychiatrist and the wing of the hospital run in the hot Arizona desert during WWII. Told by a lieutenant who is sent to be an aide to Captain Newman (who is not "regular Army" and thus tends to rub the Top Brass a bit the wrong way), one learns of the various persons at Camp Colfax, both personnel serving in the Army Air Force hospital wing and patients. It's part humorous and part sad - the traditional comedy/trag ...more
Read this book when I was in HS, after seeing the movie with Gregory Peck & Tony Curtis. It opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of war, those walking wounded who would carry the war in their heads and hearts forever afterwards. I remember well-drawn characters, and writing that made me smile, laugh, and cry. Seek it out, it is well worth your time.
I read this when I was a young adult, mainly because I had been told it was funny (it is.) But this is a book that has always stayed with me because of the main character's humanity - particularly, the story he tells at the end about how various types of people prepare for a disastrous flood.
I found an ancient copy of this book complete with old book smell and had a powerful urge to re read it. I first read this book under the bed at my house when I was young; it was one of the few books that I remember being forbidden to me... not really sure why except maybe the mental health aspects...I remembered it as being one of the funniest books I had ever read and it lived up to my memory. Leo Rosten was a humorist, but this book is not comical, but rather dark humor amidst human tragedy. ...more
Leo Calvin Rosten was born in Lodz, Russian Empire (now Poland) and died in New York City. He was a teacher and academic, but is best known as a humorist in the fields of scriptwriting, storywriting, journalism and Yiddish lexicography.More about Leo Rosten...