An instant hit upon its original publication in 1946, it was quickly adapted for stage & screen. Beginning as a collection of short stories, Heggen based his novel on his experiences aboard the USS Virgo in the South Pacific during WWII . Irreverent, hilarious, the book shows readers what a real leader is in the guise of Mr. Roberts!
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The author, Thomas Heggens, was discovered drowned in his bathroom in 1949, an apparent suicide, despite, or perh...more
In some ways the death of the author could be called (view spoiler)[foreshadowing as his protagonist also dies on the cusp of achieving something big. (hide spoiler)]
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It's a book about comic moments on a dreary cargo vessel in the Pacific in WWII, not told comically, but manner-of-factly. The author's post-war bitterness and cynicism seep out from time to time in some remarkable passages. Try to imagine anyone writing an od...more
My dad started his naval career in the earl 50s as a cook on one of these little supply ships in the Pacific, and he had shipmates who'd been there since the War. He said this is pretty darned close to the real thing...including the palm tree!