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Tam O' the Scoots

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The entertaining World War I exploits of a cockney aviator -- supposedly Charles Lindbergh's childhood inspiration to fly.
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Published (first published 1918)
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Steven Heywood
If you're looking for a novel lamenting the grim realities of war this isn't it. This is a collection of thinly-plotted boys' own adventure tall stories, breezily-told and wryly-annotated by a master storyteller. Objectively and critically I could point out its many faults but despite them all it's an enoyable read for a Winter's day.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy is the first British edition which was called "Tam of the scouts" although the book was later reissued as "Tam of the scoots" and finally simply as "Tam."
It's worth pointing out the title does not refer to the boy scouts, but to fighter aircraft that in WW1 were known as scouts.
The book consists of 10 short stories about Tam a brilliant Scottish pilot, a thriller novel fan, socialist and cigar addict. Tam's dialogue is written phonetically and he is great fun and saves the rather silly
John Goodrich
Light on historical accuracy and psychological complexity, this is nevertheless an enjoyable collection of short stories by a good writer. These are some of the earliest examples of air pulp, which exploded in popularity a decade after this book's publication, following Linderberg's famous flight, and the release of Wellman's "Wings."

The characters are broad, the situations light, but the stories are exciting and fun. Worth your time if you're an air pulp buff.
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