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  • Title: Mash: A Novel About Three Army Doctors
  • Author: Richard Hooker
  • ISBN: 9780061842115
  • Page: 470
  • Format: ebook
  • Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals MASH during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a waBefore the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals MASH during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job In the words of the author, a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if incompleted suicide all as funny and poignant now as they were before they became a part of America s culture and heart.

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    1. Treasure of the Rubbermaids 7: The Forever War The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.I picture Dr. Richard Hornberger sometimes turning on the television and catching the movie or TV version of MASH and shaking his head in wonde [...]

    2. When I was in grade school, my oldest sister worked the late shift at Pizza Hut to save money for college. Late at night, she would come home, turn the television on, and sit in the living room to count her tip money and unwind. I would sneak out of bed and join her, helping stack quarters and dimes and we would watch M*A*S*H together. We had to be quiet so mom and dad wouldn't know I was awake because I was not allowed to watch that show was on the "Too dirty for Julie to watch'' list. I was to [...]

    3. Richard Hooker is a guy after my own heart. He was a surgeon and not a very talented writer, but he came up with the idea for a story that is so good and rife with comic possibilities that it became both a classic film and an equally classic long-running TV show, and I hope to God the man capitalized greatly from it.As preface, you must know that I'm a great fan of M*A*S*H in both its film and TV show incarnations, and own both the 20th-Century Fox Four-Star Edition DVD of the film and the entir [...]

    4. An interesting book that kicked off a movie and a twelve-year television series about essentially three doctors drafted into the Korean War. The author writes the chapters like episodes of varying length. I enjoyed the book, but two things were a bit annoying. First, the repeated "Hawkeye said Trapper said" after each line of dialog in the opening chapter and occasionally in other places throughout the book. The other, few will notice, the use of corpsmen in an army hospital. Corpsmen are navy " [...]

    5. Richard Hooker's novel about staying sane in insane conditions by using insanity as an escape is brilliantly done. For anyone familiar with either the film or television series based on the book, it will provide a different perspective on the characters that you love and think you know so well. It is a very quick read that seems as fresh on the 100th go through as it did on the first. I recommend it highly.

    6. How time flies by.Richard Hooker may not be the best writer ever but I very much enjoyed his book, because M*A*S*H is my favorite TV series. There are differences between the two - Hawkeye is married, Frank Burns has an episodic role, Hot Lips as well, and good old Klinger does not appear in the book, neither does col. Flagg.Still, the others are all here: Radar, col. Blake, Trapper John, father Mulcahy and some new ones. I always loved their dedication and most of all, their sense of humor in t [...]

    7. This was one of those totally random choices that in actual fact I was surprised at and really enjoyed. The book is from the Cassell series of military titles, a mixture of fiction and fact. This book was the basis on which the film and subsequent TV series were based on. It is a fascinating look in to the world of a MASH unit during the Korean war. The highs, the lows and the sheer tedium and how these dedicated and gifted people dealt with it - from crashing golf tournaments to drugging clergy [...]

    8. I am a huge fan of the show Mash and so when I was looking for something interesting to listen to I spotted this!The narration is good and I thoroughly enjoyed the story lines and revisiting my favorite Mash characters, Trapper John, Hawkeye Pierce, Radar O'Reilly and all of the others that I had grown to love. Some of the antics that they came up with made me laugh out loud and I had never seen them on the TV show, some for reasons that would have made the show R rated.If you are looking for an [...]

    9. M A S H is a fine book.It's mildly funny, mildly political, mildly anti-war, and Richard Hooker (aka Dr. H. Richard Hornberger) does just enough to keep us mildly entertained. But he's not the most compelling writer in the world. M A S H is worth a look on a gloomy weekend, or for purposes of nostalgia, but it would be completely forgettable if not for the superior works of art that followed in its wake.M A S H follows Trapper John, Hawkeye and Duke -- the protagonists from Robert Altman's super [...]

    10. The best and most startling book I've read in years. I had missed the TV show before, because of young age, but maybe it turned out good for me. Cause the read was nothing short of breathtaking. For me is quite straight descent from Heller's "Catch 22", but I do not see it as a drawback, it definitely deserves a great share of praise on it's own.You'll find here awfully great characters, very brisk style and great sense of humour. Aside from this, it is really heart-and-mind gripping picture of [...]

    11. Not the TV show, not the movie but the book. Like most things I read, it's dark and funny. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book. Expect Elliott Gould's twisted Hawkeye rather than Alan Alda's Hamlet-esque tortured thinker. Plus Spearchucker Jones, Frank, Hot Lips, an explanation for Radar's nickname and a football game that even I'd go to. While this book is set in Korea, it's really more about the Vietnam War and does delve into some darker aspects of the Wars of the 20th century.

    12. A strong book that conveys an anti-war message without being preachy, using characters that are quite flawed but doing the best they can in a grueling situation. Some of the interactions are dated and come across as sexist today, but that's where our culture was then. I believe this novel belongs on the same shelf with Catch-22, Slaughterhouse Five, and others in the same class.

    13. I used to take my dinner and go sit in front of the TV to watch MASH reruns, and my folks let me. That’s high praise for a TV show. I recall the first time I saw the MASH movie. I was a freshman in college at the University of Illinois, and campus groups at that time made money by showing movies. This was a popular one, one I saw multiple times with a crowd of rowdy students, not afraid to comment loudly during the movie. This was a fun one. High praise for both. Yet I also remember seeing the [...]

    14. I know I've read this before, in high school I think, but I recalled very little while listening to the audio version. All that was familiar were the bits of the book used in the movie, or later, in the series. The book is a dark comedy, not ha-ha funny, but gives a good look at the realities of living in the middle of a war, and what surgeons had to deal with. There's some flow to the story but it's mostly episodic. The writing is okay but the dialogue tags were atrocious; 9o% were 'he said' an [...]

    15. Got about halfway and felt like I'd read enough. Very similar to the movie and less the tv show. Quite dark overall but interesting to see source material. I just stalked out and didn't like the writing at all.

    16. Got this for Christmas and have been wanting to read it for a while now. I'll admit I didn't enjoy the movie, "MASH," but I grew up watching the television show and still love it very much. The book reads very much like the movie and I don't think I would've liked it if I didn't know the characters as well as I do from TV. I definitely think the TV show improved upon the book's theme a LOT ~ the show was funnier (probably thanks in no small part to the brilliance of Alan Alda). While the book is [...]

    17. I really don't have a shelf for this book, but I don't suppose that matters.As an avid fan of the TV series, and having seen the film when I was far too young to understand half of it (must have been about 8 yrs old), it was interesting to see where it all started. I recognised lines from the original film as well as the series, and finally understood the whole "Suicide is Painless" thing. I remember seeing that part of the movie and not understanding what was happening (Robert Altman's films wi [...]

    18. I vaguely remember seeing MASH on tv when I was a kid, but remember very little about it, so was able to enjoy this book without constantly comparing it to its adaptation. Following primarily the 18 month tour of duty in Korea of Hawkeye and Trapper John, the novel was both a light hearted look at the escapades both men got up to to pass the time at their post, particularly when casualties weren't forthcoming, but also was explicit in its acknowledgement of the professional job that both men car [...]

    19. A rather short story about a few men in Korea that played at being insane to stop from going insane. Told in a series of vignettes centered on antics, the reader only captures brief sights of the horror or war and of forced participation, and is also very much stuck in the time it was written when it speaks of women or the native Koreans. The book is better than the movie, but no where near as good as the show. but it sets up the perfect premise for it, so I've got to give credit where its due t [...]

    20. I enjoyed this book. I remember watching the original movie not long ago, so it was nice to finally read the book. I liked the movie as well, but I loved the series. In some ways, I can't believe this book launched a successful movie and an even more successful TV series into existence. There was just so much in this book, that could have been developed a little further. But I still liked this. I liked the humor and I liked the spirit of American ingenuity.

    21. This book is a lot of fun. It's the little things First: this is much more akin to the movie than the show, especially the late season episodes. That being said, many of your favorites are here: Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John McIntyre, Henry Blake, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and Father Mulcahy. However, there's also Augustus Bedford Forrest, the Duke, Ugly John and Spearchucker Jones (blink and you missed them in season one of the series), and a sergeant who used to be the cen [...]

    22. Throughout reading this, I found myself thinking of William Steig’s Shrek. If you haven’t read that, you can knock it out in about 10 minutes, reading slowly. The first time I came to it, I’d already seen the first movie, and I couldn’t believe how such a film could grow out of something so small. As I reflected on it, though, I came to admire that little book for inspiring others to such flights of creativity. I couldn’t have read Shrek as creatively as the filmmakers did, but I enjoy [...]

    23. This is a re-read for me. The first time being roughly 20+ years ago.To paraphrase the author, this is an embellished version of his experiences as a "Meatball" Surgeon during the Korean War, and was published at the height of the Vietnam War.If you are only familiar with the TV show or the movie, this is an entirely different animal. The movie came closer to faithfully representing the book than the show, but it wasn't entirely on the mark. The movie was more misogynistic than the novel- some o [...]

    24. If you've watched the TV series, you already know all of the stories. The book characters are a little different, but it's the same stuff. The 1950s language and sensibilities are pretty awful (everyone gets an epithet, which grates on 21st century brain). The medicine is there for flavor while Hawkeye, Duke, and Trapper John get up to no good. I gave my rating of the book an extra star just for nostalgia.

    25. MASH is one of my favorite shows, if not my favorite show. I was too young when it first aired and I started catching it later in re-runs, then finally on DVD. I've seen the movie which I realize was important in the genre of guerrilla film making, but I didn't care for it. I was looking forward to the book in order to get the internal monologues of the characters I have grown so fond of.For those of you not familiar MASH is the story of the doctors and nurses at the 4077th surgical unit during [...]

    26. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents watching M*A*S*H on TV. Apparently I used to bound out of my little bed and run around the coffee table to the tune of "Suicide is Painless." As a kid, I knew little about the movie and nothing about the book.When I was in my teens or early twenties, I saw the movie and didn't really like it. I think that it was largely due to the fact that none of the actors were the same. It's interesting how that you can become so attached to fictional characters [...]

    27. 3.5 starsI initially read this book because I had fallen in love with the TV series, and wanted to know where it came from. I was very surprised at the many differences between the book and the show, although I still enjoy each of them.The story is a semi-autobiographical account (in which many of the supporting characters are also based on real people) of what it was like to be a surgeon at a MASH unit during the Korean war. Working involved the most mentally and physically harrowing and stress [...]

    28. M*A*S*His one of those rare cases where the film and/or TV show is an improvement on the source material.While Hooker's roman à clef about meatball surgery during the Korean Conflict in the early 1950s has its moments of absurdity, it also has virtually none of the pathos and wit offered by Robert Altman's 1970 film adaptation, and certainly none of the depth of characterization of the television series. In fact, the "Swampmen" of the book ( Hawkeye, Duke, and Trapper John) come across more as [...]

    29. I honestly wasn't sure just how I would feel about this book. The show is one of my favorites and, after watching it, the film just pales by comparison. So to read this-- the basis for the film --I wasn't really sure just what I'd think of it. But I shouldn't have worried. This was one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. Just to delve into the original characters and read about their adventures was a treat in itself. I loved the different light each took on-- most especially Trapp [...]

    30. I read M*A*S*H for my book group, which is celebrating its 10th year by completing a cycle of books made into movies. (We watch the film before starting our discussion.) I can see why M*A*S*H was a bestseller when it was published in 1968--the antics of its surgeon-heroes protest the absurdity and waste of a distant war in Asia, yet ultimately confirm the superiority and nobility of the American way. Unforgettable characters often spring from genre and popular fiction--Dracula and Sherlock Holme [...]

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