The Wake of the General Bliss: A Novel of World War II by Edward LuedersThe Wake of the General Bliss: A Novel of World War II by Edward Lueders

The Wake of the General Bliss: A Novel of World War II

byEdward Lueders

Paperback | January 28, 2008

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Set aboard a ship carrying troops home from India at the end of World War II, Edward Lueders’ autobiographical novel opens with the dramatic events that ensue when the call goes out, 'Man overboard!' As the vessel drifts, engines stopped, in search of the lost man, the story begins to delve deeper into the paradox at the center of our lives, as irreducible isolation is juxtaposed with inevitable coexistence.

The ship becomes a complex metaphor for the thousands of men aboard and, by extension, for all of us who exist both as individuals and as parts of the human community. These motifs are developed through the interplay of three men aboard ship, Staff Sgt. LeRoy Warner, Sgt. Mark Reiter, and Sgt. Stanley Norman, who entertain troops as a jazz trio. These GI musicians improvise through solo sections in which each reflects hauntingly on his past and dreams of his future. As they search for meaning beyond subjectivism, beyond suffering and randomness, their music is about the possibilities for harmony.

Although miscues, counterbeats, and dissonance apparently mock our efforts to break out of ourselves, sometimes, however fleetingly, everything falls into place. Then the prose of our lives turns unexpectedly to poetry and we experience an exhilarating unity.

About The Author

Edward Lueders is emeritus professor of English at the University of Utah and a veteran of WW II. He is the author of The Clam Lake Papers and nine other books, including the edited volume Writing Natural History (University of Utah Press, 1989). Since the 1940s he has also been a professional jazz pianist.

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Title:The Wake of the General Bliss: A Novel of World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 28, 2008Publisher:University Of Utah PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0874809274

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

 

 

 

PREFACE

 

PRELUDE

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

CHAPTER TWO

 

CHAPTER THREE

 

INTERMEZZO

 

CHAPTER FOUR

 

CHAPTER FIVE

 

CHAPTER SIX

 

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"Like any literary performer worth his salt, Mr. Lueders immediately focuses our attention and assures our personal participation in the ‘General Bliss’ experience—in this case, through his elegant prose and obvious musical awareness."—Artie Shaw