Sunday, 12 August 2012
Beat On a Damask Drum
Author: Troy Kennedy Martin
Year of publication: 1959, Panther edition 1963
Back cover blurb: 'Into the nightmare gloom of a jungle war comes the beautiful Joey Castle desperately seeking the man who holds the key to her faith in herself - Adam Canning. Isolated in an alien world of violence facing the last agonising hour before defeat, her involvement with a new Adam and the men who surround him sets a pattern for a struggle which can only be resolved through disaster.'
Quick flick reveals: Normally I'm not interested in war novels, but according to the Telegraph, this one by Z-Cars creator Kennedy Martin 'shocks like a cold douche'. And if any book is like a douche, I want to read it.
Random paragraph: '"It's the girl in the hospital with the bayonet wound." Joey eyed them. She shouted defiantly, "She wants someone to come down to her - a man - and make love to her." Her voice was incoherent, the demand unreal. "Someone to make love to her," she said. "Surely she means love her - not make love to her. But love her? How can anyone do that?" They were silent, watching.'