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What is the Stars?
What is the Stars
Author: Arthur J. Roth
Private Patrick John McGurk and his "butties" of the Eighth Garrison Company, Ordnance Corps, Irish Army, are the heroes of this comic novel. "Heroes" is scarcely the word Lt. Percival Pettigo, their commanding officer, would use for them. He can't even get them to make a showing in the inter-company boxing tournament (th...  more »
ISBN: 468873
Publication Date: 1959
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
Book Type: Paperback
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If you enjoy books spoofing the military, you'll enjoy this one. The book centers on a number of men in an Irish Free State army's ordnance company during World War II. They may have joined the army to serve their country, but that doesn't mean they enjoy the rules, regulations and the jerk of an adjutant who tries hard but makes life miserable for the enlisted men.

The novel covers the men and a number of the civilians they interact with. As they are Irish, and there's no fighting, unless you include one of the men machine gunning a British plane overflying Irish soil, there is also a lot of drinking.

Think of this book as the Irish version of the German novel "The Revolt of Gunner Asch" by Hans Kirst.
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