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The Bamboo Bed
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Written shortly after William Eastlake's return from Vietnam where he was a reporter for Nation magazine, The Bamboo Bed was one of the first novels to proclaim the insanity of the Vietnam War. The plot revolves around Captain Clancy, who--mortally wounded while leading a charge up Ridge Red Boy--lies dying in a bamboo bed. His final thoughts about the war are juxtaposed against the escapades of Captain Knightbridge and Nurse Jane of the Search & Rescue Unit, who copulate in their helicopter--the "Bamboo Bed"--at 10,000 feet, setting a wartime record. Down below, two hippie kids wander the jungle trying to end the Vietnam War with a dream and a guitar. Both lyric and surreal, The Bamboo Bed treats with humor and outrage the grim absurdity of war.
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"The Bamboo Bed says more about the Vietnam atrocities... than all the photographs, interviews, news copy, and trial transcripts." -- New Republic "This is a very funny novel, one that catches your laughter up with catharsis, changing the fun into reflection... " -- Library Journal "William Eastlake is the funniest, most profound, most musical writer I've read in years." -- Robie Macauley, New York Times

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