Mash: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

Mash: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

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by Richard Hooker
     
 

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Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.

The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to

Overview

Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.

The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini-laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if incompleted suicide--all as funny and poignant now as they were before they became a part of America's culture and heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061842115
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
64,360
File size:
384 KB

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When Radar O'Reilly, just out of high school, left Ottumwa, Iowa, and enlisted in the United States Army it was with the express purpose of making a career of the Signal Corps. Radar O'Reilly was only five feet three inches tall, but he had a long, thin neck and large ears that left his head at perfect right angles. Furthermore, under certain atmospheric, as well as metabolic, conditions, and by enforcing complete concentration and invoking unique extrasensory powers, he was able to receive messages and monitor conversations far beyond the usual range of human hearing.

With this to his advantage it seemed to Radar O'Reilly that he was a natural for the communications branch of the service, and so, following graduation, he turned down various highly attractive business opportunities, some of them legitimate, and decided to serve his country. Before his enlistment, in fact, he used to fall asleep at night watching a whole succession of, first, sleeve stripes, and then shoulder insignia, floating by until he would see himself, with four stars on his shoulders, conducting high-level Pentagon briefings, attending White House dinner parties and striding imperiously to ringside tables in New York night clubs.

In the middle of November of the year 1951 A.D., Radar O'Reilly, a corporal in the United States Army Medical Corps, was sitting in the Painless Polish Poker and Dental Clinic of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital astride the 38th Parallel in South Korea, ostensibly trying to fill a straight flush. Having received the message that the odds against such a fortuitous occurrence open at 72,192 to 1, what he was actually doing was monitoring a telephone conversation. Theconversation was being conducted, over a precarious connection, between Brigadier General Hamilton Hartington Hammond, the Big Medical General forty-five miles to the south in Seoul, and Lieutenant Colonel Henry Braymore Blake, in the office of the commanding officer of the 4077th MASH, just forty-five yards to Radar O'Reilly's east.

"Listen," Radar O'Reilly said, his head turning slowly back and forth in the familiar scanning action.

"Listen to what?" Captain Walter Koskiusko Waldowski, the Dental Officer and Painless Pole, asked.

"Henry," Radar O'Reilly said, "is trying for two new cutters."

"I gotta have two more men," Colonel Blake was shouting into the phone, and Radar could hear it.

"What do you think you're running up there?" General Hammond was shouting back, and Radar could hear that, too. "Walter Reed Hospital?"

"Now you listen to me . . ." Colonel Blake was saying.

"Just take it easy, Henry," General Hammond was saying.

"I won't take it easy," Colonel Blake shouted. "If I don't get two . . ."

"All right! All right!" General Hammond shouted. "So I'll send you the two best men I have."

Excerpted from MASH. Copyright © 1968, renewed 1996 by Richard Hornberger and W.C. Heinz. Mash. Copyright © by Richard Hooker. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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M*A*S*H: A Novel about Three Army Doctors 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of those rare books knowing while reading it i will read it again and worry if i loan it to a friend i wont get it back. Hawkeye, Trapper John, Radar, the Duke, it's like seeing the movie and watching the series all at once, but better. You will wish you had friends like these, remember the days you were back in your college dorm, and you will also curse the stupidy of war--
Cynder More than 1 year ago
For those that are fans of the TV series you should read the book! The book is a great read and is different from the TV show. It brings to life what it was like in an army mobile hospital during the Korean war. It fallows 3 surgeons as they cope with life in a war zone. One will laugh with the pranks that are played to keep ones sanity and cry with the reality of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i ever read. Highly recomend it to any one who loves M*A*S*H.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed the movies and the TV series inconsistencies and all but the book is just as good and you also catch some mirroring in both of those as well. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book SO much! This is a book that I will never lend to a friend because I want to make sure that nothing ever happens to it! I've seen the movie a thousand times, and I've seen every episode of the series five thousand times, but this book is something totally different! It's the same stuff, but introduced in a different way. This IS my FAVORITE book!!
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DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the 4077th MASH unit after having been sick yesterday and watched a mini marathon I am a bigger fan of the ones that have Henry so I decided to give the book a shot and I wasn't displeased at all. It felt going back and spending time with everyone I loved it. This a great book for those who loved the show and miss the characters they portrayed. It is like reading the movie more than the television show but I still enjoyed the antics. This book started out talking about Radar and how Hawkeye and Duke came to be at the 4077th, and then we meet other people as they are introduced like Frank Burns, Hot Lips Houlihan, Father Mulcahy. It was nice to see how they worked out in the authors mind. I also loved the antics of how they got rid of certain bunkmates and Frank Burns. It was hilarious some of what they got into along with the medical side of the story how they coped with being in Korea which was in such bad shape. I recommend this to people who love the movie and show and love reading medical dramas during war times. In this we also get to see the depature of Hawkeye and Duke who go home when their time is up and to see Trapper's attitude about it which was different then the tv show. What a great story!
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