The Long March (Vintage classics)

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In the blaze of a Carolina summer, among the poison ivy and loblolly pines, eight Marines are killed almost casually by misfired mortar shells. Deciding that his battalion has been 'doping off', Colonel Templeton calls for a 36-mile forced march to inculcate discipline. The Long March is a searing account of this ferocious ordeal - and of the two officers who resist.

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'There can be no doubt that Styron is the foremost writer of his generation' Wall Street Journal

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The Long March has a grandeur that comes from being perfectly direct, yet deeply imaginative about a very simple time…Choicely eloquent at the numberless levels that mark all the greatest writing’ Sunday Times

In The Long March Styron depicts conflicts between men of somewhat more than average intelligence and the military machine. Two marine reservists fight to retain their dignity while on a grueling exercise staged by a posturing colonel.

The Long March impresses us not merely as an extraordinarily vivd account of a physical ordeal but as a vehicle discovering and exploring a new them: that of the rebellion of those born into a generation of conformists’ Philip Rahv

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