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War Journal of an Innocent Soldier based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In contrast to one reader's response to the story ("nothing much goes on...") --everything goes on! Read carefully--the book is so understated you don't initially realize how it conceals the horror and pain of combat. Bassett comes to terms with his loss of innocence without losing his humanity. The book incorporates elements of black humor/comedy, as in the scene when Bassett runs through an Italian village street while under nonstop fire and collapses in safety, only to look up and hear his colonel's order: "Get up, soldier--yes, we've got these Nazis on the run." See a military expert's review of Bassett's book published in War, Literature and the Arts, Vol. 4, No.2, Fall/Winter 1992 (pages 69-71).