Don't Go Near the Water

Set on a remote Pacific island during the waning days of the World War II, this classic humor novel about the public relations sector of the Navy follows the adventures of a group of young officers, commissioned without the corrupting influence of any intervening naval training, as they bravely face wartime adversities with comic ingenuity The colorful cast of charactersSet on a remote Pacific island during the waning days of the World War II, this classic humor novel about the public relations sector of the Navy follows the adventures of a group of young officers, commissioned without the corrupting influence of any intervening naval training, as they bravely face wartime adversities with comic ingenuity The colorful cast of characters and absurd situations combine to create a rousing entertainment that will appeal to everyone who enjoys the high spirited side of naval service.
Don t Go Near the Water Set on a remote Pacific island during the waning days of the World War II this classic humor novel about the public relations sector of the Navy follows the adventures of a group of young officers c

  • Title: Don't Go Near the Water
  • Author: William Brinkley
  • ISBN: 9781591140931
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Unbelievably this novel was the #1 bestseller in 1956. I found it so boring that I had to resort to the chapter-a-day reading plan to get it done. It is one of those war books about a naval base that aims to show the absurdity of soldiering for fellows who aren't actually out fighting; the sort of books that are supposed to be funny and undoubtedly inspired M*A*S*H.The trouble here is that it is not that funny and the writing style would put the most hardcore insomniac to sleep. Perhaps it is a [...]

    2. Were you going to read Catch 22? Read this instead. It's far far funnier.Honestly, I wanted to join the Navy after I read this book.Of course my grandfather, who was in the Navy during the period of this book, said good luck with that, and this wasn't exactly his naval experience either.I love the characters, who are clearly people William Brinkley met. The stories (most of them) are true. I was shocked to find that Edgar Rice Burroughs actually did visit the South Pacific during the war. No wor [...]

    3. Read this in High School when life in America had less troubles, not really! But, I thought so at the time. This is 1950's humor good clean fun and innocent too! The author William Brinkley served as an P.R. officer in the navy during WWII. His brand of humor and cast of characters rings of real life which leads me to believe that behind all humorous stories lie some truth. Some of the the most unforgettable characters in this book are Lt. Commander Nash known to his men as "Marblehead" and Boat [...]

    4. I decided to read this book after I saw a list of 'the most popular book the year you were born' and this is the book was written in 1956. It is a little dated but a delightful story none the less. It's about a group of men in the Pacific, during WW2 and their job was PR for the Navy, hence the title. This has given me the idea to give my Dad the book from 1929 next year on his 90th birthday. The book from that yearAll Quiet on the Western Front.

    5. A good humor, heartwarming and sidesplitting story of the adventures of a group of young naval officers in a public relations unit stranded on a remote Pacific Island in the waning days of World War II. It is a must read for all who have served in the US Navy and an education for those who have never served of what can happen when you don't go near the water.

    6. The best-selling novel in the US in 1956: a now forgotten book about a Navy public relations unit stationed in the South Pacific during WWII. The chapters in the 'novel' are more like interlinked stories with just a few common threads that eventually develop into a resolution. They're all pretty light, easy-going episodes, like the time when Edgar Rice Burroughs came to the island or the time when an influential newspaperman wanted his sheets changed daily and an officer had to do it. The sense [...]

    7. Read this in my teens (1967?) and really enjoyed it. This was in the Vietnam war era so even then I knew the book did not portray the reality of naval service. But I don't think it was intended to, much like MASH it was the authors lightening of the subject. It does not go as far as MASH on hinting at the downside but it is an enjoyable read. Thinking on the time in American history when it was written we were trying to put WWII and Korea behind us. Today this book would not be as well received [...]

    8. An early favorite novel for me. I still remember laughing out loud at one of the early Melora scenes. I think of this book as an ancestor -- a not-particularly-literary one -- to Catch-22, which remains one of my all-time favorites, while I admit that the years have tarnished the Brinkley a bit. Still: I cherish my reading history!

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