Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens

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Read Guard of Honor Online Free - Guard of Honor is a neglected masterpiece that stands comparison with the greatest novels of the Second World War--essayist Noel Perrin deemed it "probably the best war novel of the twentieth century."
----James Gould Cozzens's Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949. The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas. As Noel Perrin commented in The Washington Post Book World: "There is material for two or three hundred movies in Guard of Honor."
----"No other American novelist of our time writes with such profound understanding of the wellsprings of human character and of the social pressures that help to form it," said Orville Prescott in The New York Times. As Brendan Gill observed in The New Yorker: "Every page of Guard of Honor gives the impression of a writer at the very top of his powers setting out to accomplish nothing less than his masterwork."

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Title : Guard of Honor
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ISBN : 0679603050
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 614 pages


James rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2015

James Gould Cozzens is an author who has been unjustly neglected both during the latter years of his life and in the three decades since his death. Of his often critically-acclaimed novels this one, published in 1948, stands alone, on its own merits. I believe that I first learned about this nove...

Owen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 29, 2013

So here we have the 631-page novel that won the Pulitzer in 1949, yet when I went Davis Kidd bookstore in West Nashville to purchase it, I was amazed to discover that not only did Davis Kidd not carry the novel, it had been out of print for years. Initially, I decided that was all I needed to kno...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

May 11, 2014

What an amazing author and what a fascinating story. 631 pages describe the events of some 20+ characters over a period of three days at an Army Air Force base called Ocanara, in Florida, USA during September 1943. All of the characters are linked through the base and the detailed prose is just s...

Tracy rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 28, 2010

There were about 10 pages in this 600+ book that I didn't hate. And I was stoned when I read those, so feel free to draw your own conclusions. To start with, it's about WWII and constantly uses military terms that I am completely unfamiliar with. There's no explanation, no handy key like there is...

Bookslut rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

I don't know how much I have to say about this book. I liked it, it was a little bit dated, the ending was a little bit disappointing. I'm not sure the day is coming when it will be recognized as better than any of the WWII books, as asserted on the back cover. I liked this angle of looking at th...

Joy rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2009

What is there to write to write about a 800 page book written over 3 days based at a WWII Stateside Air force Base? First off, the detail in this book is incredible as you'd expect it to be (see above sentence). I really didn't get into the book for the first 500 pages, but looking back see why t...

Feliks rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

Like plunging into an Olympic-sized swimming pool on a hot day. The prose is confident and polished, measured, & self-assured. Every page fairly glides by like a wave. Hilarious moments in every chapter and that formidable attention to human detail that marks the experienced, professional, mi...

Lucia rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2014

Author introduces the reader to a huge variety of the characters, some major and some minor, though all sympathetic in their own way. The action occurs on or near the Ocanara Army Air Base during WWII, where many of the men and women are not the military professionals, they are separated from the...

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

March 11, 2008

Pulitzer Price Winner read as part of my law school “Law and Literature” class highlighting the period of World War II. This novel is very much a man’s man novel with as frank a depiction of life on a base during war time as I have ever read. Very adult and very dense with more character developm...

Monique rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 20, 2014

I tried, I really tried to like this book, and there were several moments where I really did enjoy myself, and then I would find that my mind was drifting away for the umpteenth time as a litany of characters I really should have had a mental picture of by page 300 droned endlessly about technica...

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