The Pistol

James Jones

The Pistol
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James Jones

158 pages | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1958, 2003
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226391861 Published May 2003
As bombs begin to fall on Pearl Harbor, nineteen-year-old PFC Richard Mask is wearing a pistol, a .45 caliber automatic that makes him feel connected to the army of the Wild West and Custer's Cavalry. In the chaos of his first days and weeks of the war, as Mask and his company move from Schofield Barracks to the beaches of Oahu, then to a remote mountain pass, a struggle over the pistol dominates this novella's action, providing the pathos and savagery of the story.
New York Times
“Superbly written."
Newsweek
“Few novelists write as effectively about the American army as James Jones.”
Taliaferro Boatwright | New York Herald Tribune

 

“A little jewel, tautly constructed, economical, but withal vivid in incident, attention-compelling in the narrative, and psychologically convincing. . . . This is a compelling picture of man’s fear of the unknown, and the measures he will take to protect himself against it.'

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