It is December of 1944, and a detachment of American soldiers has been assigned to guard an ancient castle in Belgium inhabited by an elderly aristocrat, his young wife, and countless valuable artifacts. The soldiers virtually wait out the war—indulging in various hobbies, exploring the castle’s excesses (including a replica of Venice, complete with canals and gondolas), in other words, trying to do something other than war—until a German counterattack puts them in the fray. Semi-autobiographical, Castle Keep was the first major novel to use the real language of the soldier, uncensored and true-to-life. Inventive and brilliantly comic, this novel is the quintessential portrait of man at war.
Publication: American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 382
Publication date: 11/1/1999
List price: $13.95