Books: Frankly Brutal

THE TRUMPET UNBLOWN (305 pp.)—William Hoffman—Doubleday ($3.95).

Sherman, who knew about war, said that it was hell, and Jean Paul Sartre, who doesn't know about hell, says that hell is very dreary. In this first novel, Author William Hoffman has striven to confirm both points. He has addressed himself to the honorable task of making a novel of his two-year experiences in the Army Medical Corps, European theater, and no one will doubt that he knows his war. Yet before the reader has trudged a few pages, he will hear the heavy tread of that...

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