Books: Knights in Limbo

THE LAST SQUADRON (251 pp.)−Gerd Gaiser−Pantheon ($3.50).

This book makes Germany's losing war in the air seem like a poet-painter's vision of mankind in limbo. Only by literary license can The Last Squadron be called a novel. Using the pointillist method of French Neo-Impressionist Georges Seurat, Author Gaiser puts his characters on paper like isolated dots, makes their destinies random and meaningless until the reader can draw back and view them against the broad canvas of total war. The last squadron, a fighter outfit, is stationed at Janneby West, somewhere on the Western front, and its only task is the increasingly hopeless...

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