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Ebook Mash by Richard Hooker read! Book Title: Mash
The author of the book: Richard Hooker
ISBN: 0671788280
ISBN 13: 9780671788285
Language: English
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The size of the: 8.13 MB
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Edition: Pocket
Date of issue: December 1st 1974

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Treasure of the Rubbermaids 7: The Forever War

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

I picture Dr. Richard Hornberger sometimes turning on the television and catching the movie or TV version of MASH and shaking his head in wonderment at how the short novel he wrote based on his experiences as a surgeon in Korea became an icon of American pop culture. The real Korean War lasted three years, but the TV show ran for eleven seasons over twenty years later. I gotta think that had to be mildly disconcerting to the good doctor.

While the Robert Altman movie and the Alan Alda TV version ultimately were considered anti-establishment and anti-war statements, that's really not what’s going on in the book. Hornberger (writing as Richard Hooker) wrote a brief forward where he noted the hard and emotionally draining work in bad conditions led some to blow off steam by acting batshit insane.

At the 4077th MASH in 1951, Colonel Henry Blake requests two new surgeons and gets Hawkeye Pierce and Duke Forrest. Hawkeye and Duke have decided that if they work their asses off when they’re needed that they’ll be able to do what they want in their off hours, and they’ll be too valuable for anyone for anyone to punish. They’re right. Soon they’re joined by another surgeon, Trapper John, and the three alternate trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers with heavy drinking and outrageous stunts including trying to raise money by selling autographed pictures of Jesus and giving their camp dentist a bizarre form of shock therapy to snap him out of a suicidal depression.

There are really no overt political or anti-war statements in the book, and there’s nothing like the liberal attitude that would later be incorporated into the show. The antics of the doctors aren’t meant to be seen as ideological. They just have very demanding jobs, and their only means of relieving stress and boredom comes from heavy drinking and fucking with people that irritate them.

Aside from the bitching common to all soldiers they don’t spend time raging against the military or the war. They work, they drink, they bullshit, come up with bizarre schemes to amuse themselves and that’s about it. Aside from one brief phase where the guys fall into funks after a particularly hellish couple of weeks following a major battle none of it seems to get to them too much. There’s also a moving chapter where their former Korean houseboy is drafted and brought back to them as a patient, but while the guys get very serious about saving him that more somber attitude doesn’t last long.

One of the more interesting points of the book is the descriptions of the surgery that the doctors perform. The quick and concise accounts of the fast paced and often brutal operations should seem out of place in a book that is primarily going for laughs, but it helps to establish the idea that after spending hours up to their elbows in blood-n-guts without a break that Hawkeye and his friends would need a laugh by any means necessary.

This probably seemed a lot more shocking and outrageous back in 1968 when it was published then it does today, but it’s still amusing. While an offbeat and funny book, I can’t imagine that anyone who read it back then could imagine what it’d become on film and TV. There are a couple of bad sequels to this, and a whole string of bad MASH books ghost written by someone else after the show became popular. None of them have the goofy charm of this one.

Reading this is kind of like going into the local VFW and sitting down next to an old guy with a couple of drinks in him and listening to his funny stories about his days in the service.


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Ebook Mash read Online! Richard Hooker is the pseudonym of Hiester Richard Hornberger Jr. who was born February 1, 1924 and died November 4, 1997. He was an American writer and surgeon. His most famous work was his novel MASH (1968). The novel was based on his own personal experiences during the Korean War at the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. It was written in collaboration with W. C. Heinz. The novel took 11 years to write. In 1970, and then again from 1972-1983 it was used as the basis for a critically and commercially successful movie and television series of the same name.


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