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The Breaking of Bumbo

By (author) Andrew Sinclair
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom
Published: 31st May 1985
Dimensions: w 130mm h 190mm
ISBN-10: 0571134602
ISBN-13: 9780571134601
Barcode No: 9780571134601

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Originally published in England, this is a first novel which is now being turned into a musical comedy. Alternately serious, sad, wryly amusing, this very brief book belongs within the category of Angry Young Man fiction. Bumbo, a poor boy, was a scholarship student at Eton, a convinced but silent pacifist, who joined the Army as the lesser of two evils. He reasoned that, in peacetime, there didn't seem any point of provoking an issue which might never be faced and so, Jesuitically armed, he was accepted into the fashionable Guards, stationed in London to perform public duties. Bumbo is drawn into the very U life of the Guardsman, has his Season, spiced by his affair with a Bohemian model. But Suez demands a real decision, Bumbo rebels and is forced to resign from his Regiment. Weary, beaten, desperate for security, affection and a cushioned life, he marries Sheila, just Out, because a marriage was easier to arrange than an abortion. When last seen, walking in the Mall, Bumbo Bailey was looking rich, much fatter. (Kirkus Reviews)