|Plot Summary of Goodbye Darkness|
|"This book is a description of William Manchester's life as a U.S. Marine in the Pacific during World War II. It is a moving, first person account of what happened to him during combat on Okinawa. The two most moving accounts are Lt. Tubby Morris's death on the seawall at Oruku and Sgt.Manchester's duel to the death with the Japanese sniper on Okinawa. I read and reread portions of this book every day. William Manchester writes as a journalist and his account of war in the Pacific.
David Young Parker, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Goodbye Darkness|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Fought as soldier
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
- Pacific Islands
- fort/military installation
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
- in awe
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
Commentary on society?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 26-50% of book
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