Articles of War Arvin's thin World War II novel Articles of War tracks the experiences of Heck Tilson, a wholesome young GI from Iowa who arrives in France… Articles of War Arvin's thin World War II novel Articles of War tracks the experiences of Heck Tilson, a wholesome young GI from Iowa who arrives in France… Fiction Doubleday
Review

Articles of War

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Articles of War; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

Arvin's thin World War II novel Articles of War tracks the experiences of Heck Tilson, a wholesome young GI from Iowa who arrives in France in 1944, ''lonely, nervous, bored.'' Neither a hero nor an outright coward, the unexceptional, slightly dim Heck drifts through the war, by turns confused, horrified, and paralyzed with fear, never quite sure what's going on. This is surely what it was like for many ordinary young Americans fighting the so-called Good War. But the absence of any larger statement about what Heck's ordeals mean (or don't mean) makes this book a haunting but somewhat flat read.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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