One to Count Cadence by James Crumley

By James Crumley

Crumley's anxious Vietnam novel. In '62, Sergeant Krummel assumes command of a workforce of rebellious, drunken enlistees. Surviving army absurdities basically to be shipped to Vietnam, Krummel's band confront their worst fears whereas wasting religion in Americ

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Regulations permit only Death and doctors above the rank of captain to laugh in this hospital. Gallard came soon afterward and asked after me again. Silence had begun to bore me, but I wasn't ready to talk yet. " "They, of course, weren't meant to be," he answered as he exited. I laughed again, softer, and rang for the nurse. She raised my bed, but not quite high enough for me to see out my window comfortably. I lifted my body and a sudden wave of black discs floated at me. My head seemed airborne also, and the discs enlarged and drifted closer, then suddenly covered my eyes with a quick bright shock and I fainted.

The New York Times First vintage contemporaries edition, June 1987 Copyright © 1969 by James Crumley All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. , New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Originally published, in hardcover, by Random House in 1969. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Crumley, James, 1939- One to count cadence. (Vintage contemporaries) I. Title. 54 86-40468 ISBN 0-394-73559-5 Front page photo copyright © 1984 by Lee Nye Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 For my Mother and Father and for Charlie It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.

Seems to me you pee the bed and cry for yourself. What else should I do? You could have been anything? I wanted to be everything. I couldn't decide. I always got to places too late. Now you've learned the worth of a limited choice. No, I just made the wrong ones. So now you wait for a war like a fool? Why not start your own? You know your history. You need nothing else. Whatever I say, you'll say I'm just afraid, which I am. I can only be what I am. And your history, your memory as you call it, dictates what you must be?

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