13 February 2013
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
I read this novel during the week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Actually at a hundred odd pages it was more like a long short story, particularly for James A., Michener who is more renowned for wonderful tomes like Space and Hawaii.
Written at the climax of the Korean War, it is the story of a Naval Aviator who flies a jet off a USN Carrier conducting strikes into North Korea. Yet despite his prowess as a pilot he doesn't understand the war, resents the Navy for drafting him, and is bitter at the general apathy of the American people despite he and a few others putting their lives on the line every day.
It reminded me quite a lot of Flight of the Intruder in that respect. The plot is based on a real life incidents and was turned into a movie in 1954 (high time for a remake!). A good read about a neglected topic.