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Day

by A L Kennedy

Alfred Day - a young man caught up in conflict. A sort of cross between the Good Soldier Svejk and Oedipus, with a dash of Dad's Army. And that's not to mention the rest of his crew, who have escaped from - who knows? But they are all completely bonkers. And then there's Joyce, with whom he has a not so brief encounter.

There is nothing quite like this book, so if you're up for a reading adventure, give it a go.

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'Tea, I was thinking of tea.' Tea and toast - the operational diet. Tea without end and toast. 'Tea the drink. Not the meal. Tea's not really a meal you'd ever eat, is it? It would be dinner to you, or supper?' He's left the milk right by the stove and it's turned with the heat - only bloody place where there is any heat in the shop.

Parallels

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
All For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
 

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