Into something dramatic made this seuence particularly striking the mayhem and confusion the body parts the moments of cowardice and heroism all are reported in same casual way in which Thomas describes a
race a pages arlier a commendable show of restraint and although it was not a particularly memorable Tootles The Taxi And Other Rhymes experience overall I would say that the novel is still uite commendable as well no complaints from this corner This book was so much better written and full of depth plot descriptions and rounded characters than I wasxpecting given its reputation It contains the best description of a fight that I ve ver read I like the character Dangerous Davies and remember seeing the movie based on the book as a child sobullfrog race a
READ THIS OUT OF CURIOSITY BUT WORRIED ABOUT ITSthis out of curiosity but worried about its for racism and sexism given the time it was written and the subject matter Some of its attitudes are of their time and there is sex and violence but it is a thought provoking and interesting account of an ugly colonial war from the perspective of teenage conscripts At first I thought it would be a series of humorous anecdotes about life far from the front like Tracy Kidder s autobiographical My Detachment with a similar frankness about sex work and STDs However it is cut through with sadness and action seuences build along with the sex seuences Both a guilty pleasure and a thought provoking read I love the Virgin Soldiers trilogy really brings to life how it must have been on national service and then as a suaddie in Singapore and Hon Kong Full of great characters and nagins incidents the books are not as funny as I suspected and in some ways uite poignant Very ntertaining reads however A classic2nd time I have had the pleasure of readingLeslie Thomas s classic just as goodI had forgotten how well he crafts his storie. Fun while and where he could in the Liberty Club in Juicy Lucy's flat or up in Phillipa's room in one frantic attempt at living before he died or got demobbed.
SUMMARY Ï Book, PUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Leslie ThomasSynopsisthey don t stay virgins for longReview time to strip downfor the British soldiers stationed in late 40s arly 50s Malaya at the Panglin Base on Singapore Island there is one lement that impacts them all the intense pervasive heat clothing becomes unnecessary for these soldiers a burden and so those clothes are uickly discarded throughout the day and
Night The Soldiers Arethe soldiers are down in other ways as well young inexperienced in matters of love and death their personalities only barely formed virgins in their lack of xperience in war in the understanding of life itself there is a sameness to these recruits a shared lack that gives them a sort of anonymity trade one out for the other and you d barely notice a
difference the writing and the story itself are likewise stripped down thisthe writing and the story itself are likewise stripped down this not a novel of gorgeous prose or of adventure after adventure The Virgin Soldiers is about life on a sleepy base one where the war against communist guerillas barely ncroaches it is a book about small moments ways to amuse yourself when bored and stuck in one place and so Thomas describes his story s anecdotes with a certain nonchalance a lack of poetry using only the occasional splash of vivid imagery to brighten the pages it made the reading xperience an Sheet Metal Shop Practice easy and swift one but a rather forgettable one as well time to fuckwith soldiers who have so much time on their hands and so little to do in their teens andarly 20s one obsession connects them all their dicks the book is frank and highly sexual but it is not a sexy book nonchalance balances frankness and so the Cait and the Devil end result is sexual behavior treated with a lack of heat and drama whether they are contemplating their variousrections in the barracks or getting it on with various Asian whores in a nearby city reckless passion is rarely present instead th. 'It rained a lot and steamed when the sun shone It was always hot But it was safe'One way or another the Communist guerrilla war in Malaya kept a whole British. Ere is a constant and very prosaic
an itch Always Needs To Be Scratched One Of The Things always needs to be scratched one of the things appreciated about this book is Thomas decision to include the perspective of Phillipa the 20 year old daughter of a particularly repugnant Sergeant Major she dominates the thoughts of many soldiers including the appealing protagonist Brigg and the admirable Sergeant Driscoll her vaguely contemptuous disinterest that barely hides a deep well of seething anger in turn dominates the narrative whenever she appears a fascinating character I also liked the lack of homophobia in the offhand description of a pair of soldiers in love with ach other and I particularly respected the lack of sexism in the depiction of the whores that Brigg and his buddies return to repeatedly the author s honesty and lack of issues his refusal to be judgmental when presenting sexual relations and sexuality in general is really admirable time to diethe base on Singapore Island may be a uiet one its soldiers bored out of their skulls but death still comes to call in The Virgin Soldiers the horrible and tragic death of one of the female characters comes out of nowhere its suddenness and the careless way it is described to Brigg was like a punch in the gut for both Brigg and me likewise with the accidental death of a soldier who steps on a mine a beautiful morning on the beach young men swimming and playing football a terrible xplosion body parts Biggles In The Antarctic everywhere and then a memory that won t go away for Briggs or me those are isolated incidences in the overall story but death comes in a major way near thend of novel a bandit attack on a train transporting civilians and soldiers returning from vacation is completely hair raising Thomas decision not to alter the breezy nonchalance of his story nor to scalate his stripped down prose. Army occupied from 1948 until 1952 They were the virgin soldiers Idle homesick afraid bored oversexed and unsatisfiedA young virgin like Brigg had to grab his.horniness an itch