Cleary, Jon - The Climate of Courage. Collins. 1970 reprint (1st this edition?). ... is a war novel which tells the story of ordinary fighting men in heroic terms; of Middle East veterans returned to a Sydney changed by war, of the multiple threads of their home lives in war-time Australia, and of the sufferings which they had the qualities to surmount on the bitter battlefields of New Guinea. Perhaps the hero of this novel is the ordinary fighting soldier, tough, dogged, enduring, joking sourly at discomfort and danger, unconsciously commanding a dignity which lifts him above the disasters that beset him. Perhaps the hero is Liutenant Vern Radcliffe, between whom and his vivacious wife Dinah is such strength of love that wars and separations cannot shake it. But there are many other important characters - among them Sergeant Jack Savanna, a hard and reckless man in love with the beautiful Silver Bendixter, and Sergeant Greg Morley, V.C., whose marriage is crumbling. Panoramic in design, vigorous in execution, rich with minor inciden and enthralling action, peopled by men and women whose fine and distinctive qualities every reader will recognise ... is an outstanding novel. ... (flap). 7¾" x 5¼", 320pp, library laminated boards, hardback.
Ex-library (remnant lending slip on front-free endpaper; usual stamps; sticker on plastic cover to foot of spine; wrapper bonded to boards and replacement endpapers finnishing the job; blurb flap placed under plastic of back-cover; etc etc); sunned spine; good, sound copy; wrapper laminated to boards with blurb flap under back laminate (other flap discarded).
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