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FREE EBOOK ´ EPUB Mash A Novel About Three Army Doctors ä ´ [Read] ➼ Mash A Novel About Three Army Doctors ➹ Richard Hooker – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Before there were the movie and the television series there was the novel that gave birth to such American immortals as Hawkeye and Trapper JohBefore there were the movie and the Novel About eBook #9734 television series there was the nove What a book I am giving it a rating of 45A friend had told me about this book when I was in college He had called it a “cult” I do understand whyWhen we think of the military we usually think of discipline rigid hierarchy and strict adherence to protocols But welcome to the mad world of 4077th MASH – one of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals MASH of the US Armed Forces serving in the Korean WarThis book has been written by Hiester Richard Hornberger Jr under the pseudonym Richard Hooker in collaboration with W C Heinz Richard had himself served in the Korean War at the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital as a surgeon and based the novel on his personal experiencesThe story revolves around three surgeons in this unit – Hawkeye Duke and Trapper John aka the Swampmen To call them maverick is an understatement They break rules disdain the officious military types drink like a fish dispense their own brand of justice and play elaborate pranks which might include fake human sacrifice Then why do the authorities tolerate such men Simply because they are highly competent surgeons and such people are in short supply during the war Once you get to know the Swampmen you will become their fans – they are generous people who take their jobs very seriously and help people whenever they can The adventures or at times the misadventures read like a drug induced dream Some events are hilarious while some are poignant There are plenty of unforgettable characters other than the SwampmenThe doctors and the nurses had to put in inhuman efforts to save lives Treating battle injuries is not an easy task You need nerves of steel to deal with the “Deluge” of patients fighting for their lives The physical and emotional toll it took left them dispirited and exhausted The bottle was a succor but the concern and support of their comrades was priceless The pranks and escapades helped them copeIn the words of the author a few flipped their lids but most of them just raised hell in a variety of ways and degrees I thoroughly enjoyed the book I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are other books in the series If I get the chance I would surely check them outThe movie and TV series adaptation of this novel I believe were very popular The IMDB ratings are uite goodHighly recommended But do keep in mind that this book is not for everybody If you do not like absurd adventures or are offended by ribald humour then this book is not for you

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L that gave birth to such American immortals as Hawkeye and Trapper John Hot Lips Houlihan Frank I could see why this needed to become a TV show it's too short I put this down longing for much I grew up with the show and always vowed I would read the book So glad I did not miss this Literary snobbery aside I think it's marvelously writtenand what characters Such smooth writing sharp dialogue timeless humor How do you get through a war And not just survive it but still be ok in the long run This is one of those stories that will stay with me forever

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Mash A Novel About Three Army DoctorsBurns Radar O'Reilly and the rest of the th MASH a place like no place else in Korea or on eart My mother and I used to have a fun weekly ritual back when I was growing up in East Texas Every Monday or Tuesday night depending on the broadcast schedule we would tune into CBS to watch the new episode of MASH Now MASH is one of the all time classic television series and to be able to say that I caught most of the episodes on their first run is something of a privilege I was in my tweens and teens when these episodes aired and I know that I didn’t always catch the full context of what was going on but the show was nonetheless uite an education for me I was happy that my mom wanted to share these times with me though I think back now and realize that it was a bit of a protective interest on her part Vietnam was still fresh in all of our minds and I think she wanted a bit of parental guidance to be available for me if I had any uestions which of course I didIt wasn’t until later in my teens that I realized that the television series had been predated not only by a theatrical movie but by a novel that the movie was based on Watching the movie after being familiar with the TV show was jarring and disorienting The names were the same but the characterizations for the most part were very different It was strange seeing other actors portraying my favorite characters from the show although a couple of them did reprise their roles for television most notably actor Gary Burghoff as Radar O’ Reilly Then to read the BOOK that the movie was based onwell let’s just say that my head was blown There IS a lesson here kids perspective is good So I recently found an old copy of the MASH paperback during one of my bookstore runs and I had to pick it up for the sake of sheer nostalgia My mother passed away back in late 2015 and I felt like I needed to avail myself of this little reminder of the good times that we used to share This is a Pocket Book 15th paperback edition published in 1972 the same year that the television version debuted There is a blurb on the front for the movie and an advertisement for the TV show on one of the splash pages It’s a thin uick read at 180 pages and it sets the stage for the movie pretty wellAuthored by Richard Hooker which was the pen name for former military surgeon Dr H Richard Hornberger and writer W C Heinz the book is a series of loose vignettes based on Hornberger’s real life experiences at the 8055th MASH unit during the Korean War The pressures and strains of the alternately busy and boring life in a MASH unit made for some astounding tales Doctors and other personnel often found some rather “uniue” methods of dealing with these stresses including heavy drinking and oddball antics Framed as a comedy the stories themselves always have a serious undercurrent as the typical MASH unit could sometimes see up to 1000 casualties a day The tale begins with the meeting of Dr Duke Forrest and Dr Hawkeye Pierce and later introduces a slew of the characters that you are familiar with such as Henry Blake and “Trapper” John McIntyre the reason behind “Trapper’s” iconic nickname is given in full detail in the book and of course Father Mulcahy and Radar Frank Burns and “Hot Lips” Houlihan also make an appearance but they are not around for long and as such aren’t central characters in the book There are a number of peripheral characters who pop up some you will recognize some you will not Each chapter reads like its own little short story or episode chronicling the strangeness of life in a “meatball surgery” outfit I won’t go too much into detail but you get uite a few tales such asThe origins of The SwampThe sad saga of one Frank BurnsThe tale of how Trapper John MD became a stand in for Jesus for just a few daysThe epileptic whoreThe strange story of Dr Yamamoto’s Finest Kind Pediatric Hospital and Whorehouse And of course the big football game between the 4077th MASH and General Hammond’s group of semi pro bruisers Now caveat emptorit should be very obvious by now that this is NOT your TV show MASH MASH the novel is absolutely a product of its era being first published in 1968 It should also be noted that Richard Hornberger was politically conservative so you won’t see any of the anti war sentiment or pacifism that eventually came to define the television series There ain’t no B J Hunnicutts or Sherman Potters to be found in these parts and you have to look no further than the scene where Duke and Hawkeye empty their service revolvers into a set of jeep tires to realize that MAYBE this is a Hawkeye uite unlike the one portrayed by Alan Alda Still all of the characters come across as refreshingly human and the stories manage to kick up a laugh even as the carnage of war unfolds across the pages There is also a reminder that 1960s culture was comfy and cozy with racial tropes than we are in this politically correct era Terms like “chink” and “gook” abound and then you also have the “nigra” character “Spearchucker” Jones a stereotypical black athlete who shows the men of the 4077th the proper way to play the game of football That said there are a couple of moments of racial clarity in the book and those scenes are handled honestly and with care Would that we could be so open when talking about race relations in this “enlightened” day and age Hornberger and Heinz write with very little in the way of flair The sentence structures are simple and to the point the dialogue often hindered by an overuse of “he saidshe said” If I had to guess I’d say that it was mostly written at about an 8th grade grammar level That doesn’t dampen the enjoyment of the book just don’t look for this to be an enlightening reading experience on the level of a great classic Hornberger reportedly based a lot of his episodes in the book on or less real events and I can believe that If ever there were a breeding ground for aberrant behavior in a wartime setting a MASH unit would be the place Overall the original MASH novel is a short fun read that at least gives you some background on the real events that shaped the rise of a television legend There were numerous seuels written none of which had the uality of this book Most were ghosted by a writer named William Butterworth and “credited” to Richard Hooker and they all took place in locales that were not in a theatre of war Hornberger did revisit his original characters in two of the seuels but neither one was anywhere near as successful as was this effort My advice is to steer clear of those unless you just have some sort of a completionist fetish Enough rambling on my nostalgia kick MASH brought forth some fun memories and I can now put the book back in its protective poly bag and put it back on the shelf I MIGHT have to go and see if I can catch a few reruns though The usage of MASH vs MASH vs MASH is somewhat ambiguous I personally use “MASH to denote the television series and MASH or MASH for the 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