One to Count Cadence by James Crumley

One to Count Cadence by James Crumley

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New York : Random House, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. 338 pages ; 21 cm. $6.95 dust jacket unclipped. Previous owner blind stamp on the flyleaf. No other markings within the book. Binding is firm.


ONE TO COUNT CADENCE by James Crumley

The time is the late summer of 1962. The place is Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands. A new sergeant, "Slag" Krummel, arrives from the States to take over the 721st Communication Security Detachment, a collection of dissatisfied, rebellious enlistees. Narrated by Krummel, One to Count Cadence begins as a story of the peacetime Army, the drinking and whoring, the defiance of officers and regulations, the camaraderie of lonely men and women with too much time on their hands.

Comic, absurd, violent, One to Count Cadence is a mirror of that part of a generation reared on violence, actors in the American wars of the 1960 s who can no longer believe in the myths and institutions of their country. Exploring with fidelity and compassion the men who make war and who are, like all of us, its victims, it is least of all a war novel. It is a book about friend-ship—especially that of Krummel and Private Joe Morning, "The best of us, the most damned of us all."

And finally it is about survival.


James Crumley was born in Three Rivers, Texas, in 1939. He attended Georgia Tech, Texas College of Arts and Industries, and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He has worked in the Texas oil fields as a truck swamper, a roustabout, and has also tended bar. He served for three years as an enlisted man with the United States Army. He taught English at the University of Montana, and now teaches at the University of Arkansas. One to Count Cadence is Mr. Crumley's first novel.

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