Books: Wartime Chaplinesque

WOODEN SWORDS—Jacques Deval, translated by Lawrence S. Morris—Viking ($2.50).

Many a shrewd, bitter, searching re-mark has been made about war behind war's back. Author Deval's remarks, no less bitter than most young soldiers' reminiscences, are cloaked in comic, Chaplinesque, sometimes clownish guise. Author Deval, short-sighted and unfit for fighting, spent most of the War in the Service of Supplies, saw little action at the front. Even at that, three of his comrades were killed by a shell within 50 yards of him; he himself was gassed.

At the outbreak...

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