The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 15, 1968 · Page 5
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mymevnic (Ark.) Courier Wews — Monday, April 18, im — Put F1v», Tom's By ROBERT COCHNAR NEW YORK - (NEA) War novels that explore the hearts and minds of fighting tnen usually are written well after the fighting is over.-Examples .are "Battle Cry," "The Naked 'and the Dead" and "From Here to Eternity." Now,- as if out of the day's news, comes a first novel from Tom Tiede, one of the most highly acclaimed "eye and ear" war reporters, that plumbs the soul of the American fighting man. ; Tiede's novel, "C o w a r d" (15.95, Trident Press) reflects his sympathy, admiration and above all understanding of those he calls "the legions of ordinary people who are snatched from their homes, spirited into the obscurity of war and there suddenly commit actions to beggar belief." Told largely in dialog and in fictional format, Tiede's book reports the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of a'war he v has seen in three tours of front - line duty as a correspondent, ; a performance which has won him the prestigious Ernie Pyle Memorial A ward and several-other writing prizes If "Coward" has a hero, it must be Pvt. ; Nathan Long, whose thoughts and act-ions th'read through the book tying together the true life slices of men ;at war. And Long, by the standard definition, must be called a coward. He refuses to fight. -,A discussion Long has with a priest who attempts to convince him of the responsibilities of soldiers establishes the private's long, lonely battle with his conscience: "The priest interjected: "No one wants to serve in Vietnam. " 'No sir, I guess not,' Long replied. '•", 'But the laws of our land are quite unyielding on this point. If a man is of age and is called, he must serve ... in peace or war.' •'"Yessir. 1 ; *"It must be that way. If every soldier were .to-be given the right to choose whether he wished to fight or not, this nation would not exist today.' . "Nathan agreed respectfully, but added a rebuttal. 'Father, if. every man in this nation and every other nation were to speak the truth, they would admit fear of war. And if all of. them had the choice, they would not go to war. And all of the nations would not have to worry about existence and nonexistence." " 'It doesn't work that way,' the priest said. -;" 'Why?' Nate asked. " 'You're smart e : ri o u gh to know.' . ;!"No,' Nate sighed, Tin dumb enough not to know.' " Tiede's narrative, except for his powerfully written descriptions of firefights and the business of living and dying in hot, bug infested jungles, is sparse. The dialogue carries the story. And it is here where the au- thor's keen eye and ear for de- fail keep 'the reader interested and turning; pages to the explosive conclusion. "Coward": is more than a good adventure story. It is a thorough jinvestigation of a young man,' buffeted by the pressures of a powerful establishment, trying to remain loyal to his beliefs. Finally, the book offers a com- prehensive picturfe of Vietnam which somehow is never really seen on television. For toe parents of .soldiers whose letters carefully avoid the pain and deadening frustration of a vie ious war, "Coward" should be required reading. In fact, anyone concerned about Vietnam — and that ought to be everyone i — will find Tiede's novel a val- i liable addition to his library. CANADA'S HIGH FLIERS are seen here in a composite photo. Wing Commander R. A. White of the Royal Canadian Air Force, recently flew a CF-104 Super Starfighter 100,100 feet high to establish a new Canadian altitude record for jet aircraft. En route to the new altitude mark, White zoomed the plane to an unofficial top; speed of 1,800 miles an hour. WEDNESDAY SPECIAL PORK DWICH SAN BEST BARGAIN IN BLYTNEVILLE (NO LIMIT) ($•• Thi« Paper For Next W«dn«iday's Special) Quick Quiz Q — Are geysers common throughout the WprW? .':., ; A — Among nature's rarest phenomena, they exist in.signif- icant numbers only in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, Iceland and New Zealand. Q — What motto appeared on the first American coin? A — The first American coin was a one-cent piece minted in 1787. It had 13 links representing ;he 13 original states and bore the motto "Mind your business". Q — In what year was the first newspaper published in the American colonies? A — The first newspaper, "PuWicfc Occurrences Both For- reign and Domestick", was issued in Boston in 1690. Q-Who started'the raisin industry In California? A — Priests, Jesuit friars and Franciscan padres. The padres planted fruit trees and vines around their missions to help supply Indian settlements with food. ,Q—In what sport is the term "appel" used? A — Fencing. 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