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Mash Mania by Richard Hooker

Mash Mania by Richard Hooker

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New York : Dodd, Mead & Co., 1977. First edition; first printing with full numbers line on copyright page. Hardcover. 179 pages ; 22 cm. $7.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. A very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.


MASH MANIA
BY RICHARD HOOKER

Hawkeye Pierce, Duke Forrest, Trap¬er John Mclntyre, and Spearchucker Jones lived in a tent called The Swamp at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, forty miles north of Seoul, Korea. That was in 1952, and their adventures were chronicled in MASH.

After the war and further training, Dr. Pierce opened his surgical practice in Spruce Harbor, Maine. Lonely for his friends, he persuaded Forrest, Mclntyre and Jones to join him. Their early adventures in Spruce Harbor appeared in Richard Hooker's second book, MASH Goes to Maine.

In MASH Mania we find the men of The Swamp well into middle age. Aside from the passage of time, nothing about them seems to have changed. Who else would connive to send a 40-year-old lobsterman to medical school, maneuver a prominent theologian into bed with a prostitute named Graveyard Alice, or have a bear and an 80-year-old physician tried for rape. Where, unless you know Hawkeye Pierce, could you meet men of such varying talents as Wooden Leg Wilcox, whose financial manipulations keep both the hospital and the Finestkind Fish Market profitable; Boom-Boom Benner, whose two-syllable vocabulary belies his accomplishments as boy wonder surgeon; or Halfaman Timberlake, the Greatest Black-Headed Grosbeak of Them All. These and many other colorful characters, Including Penelope Flewellen, the dragon-crunching witch, continue the outrageously funny humor that inspired the original best seller.

About the Author
Richard Hooker is the pseudonym of a practicing surgeon who has never willingly left Maine for over three weeks at a time. He lives on a tidal cove on Maine's midcoast with his wife and five children.



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