Robert B. Merkin Zombie Jamboree: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780070415195

Zombie Jamboree: A Novel

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9780070415195: Zombie Jamboree: A Novel
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Merkin has come so close to writing a terrific novel about two 1970 army draftees that his near-miss is a sharp disappointment. Better than many Vietnam-era novels, Merkin's book approaches the perverseness of the military in a way that recalls, but does not equal, Catch-22. The novel focuses on Richard Heiser, who loses his college exemption, and David Becker, who "volunteers" for the draft after an escapade with an underage girlfriend. Becker is the more appealing character, whose disdain for the army is channeled into small acts of subversion. Heiser has none of Becker's black humor and allows his anger and frustration to turn to bitterness. Much of the bookperhaps too muchis set in Fort Benning, Ga., as the men await their orders for an inevitable tour in Vietnam. Once there, Becker lofts weather balloons and Heiser gets into serious trouble. Impressive as it is, the novel lacks the consistent manic energy and mordant humor that might have rendered it outstanding. Merkin wrote The South Florida Book of the Dead. (June
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A novel of two draftees in the Army in 1970before, during, and after Vietnam battles. Heiser, a WASP, is a victim who finds it difficult to react without intellectualizing. Becker, a Jew, is a flamboyant figure, copingand morewith the insanities of military life. Their adventures and some of the early humorous scenes recall reruns of M*A*S*H ; the final sections (when the two, long gone their separate ways, approach the predicted zombie status) almost seem parts of different books. The device of alternate viewpoints is unbalanced, since Becker's character is far more interesting . The fact that Becker leaves the service something of a hero while Heiser barely avoids disgrace seems to strengthen the case for elaborate nonconformity as a means of survival. Although portions of this work are lively and meaningful the whole is somewhat disappointing. Possibly for large collections. Robert H. Donahugh, P.L. of Youngstown & Mahoning Cty., Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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