Books: Cockney Quixote

Cockney Quxote

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE (224 pp.) —Wolf Mankowih— Atlantic-Little, Brown ($3.50).

We are Kitchener's Army The Army of the Free We cannot shoot, we cannot fight What bloody use are we?

Thus with proud self-derision the Old Contemptibles* of 1914 sang as they marched to battle. British Author Wolf Mankowitz has written a superb novel about an Old Contemptible who has lived beyond his era, beyond World War II (when everything was "more efficient"), and on into the Welfare State. The old fellow recalls the recruiting poster of World War I,...

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