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George Mandel

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Edited: Apr 1, 2015, 4:27 pm

Just picked up Flee the angry strangers by Mandel. Looks very interesting, "the first beat novel".
Anyone read it or any other Mandel?

Apr 24, 2015, 8:01 pm

Nope, but would like to. Wasn't " the first beat novel, Flee the Angry Strangers, published ( 1952 ) the same year as Chandler Brossard's, Who Walk in Darkness, also sometimes called " the first beat novel " though Brossard is on record as saying that it is not a ' beat novel. " Wasn't John Clellon Holmes', Go, also called the ' first beat novel " and also published in 1952?

Edited: Apr 25, 2015, 12:08 am

I have Who Walk in Darkness but haven't read it, yet.

I don't think that Mandel thought of FtAS as a beat novel either. They were all some of the first beat novelists.
Started The Wax Boom. WW2 story. Mandel was a "Purple Heart veteran of multiple wounds in four European Theater of Operations World War Two campaigns." He also had an art background.

Beatville USA George Mandel 1961

May 17, 2015, 9:13 am

The Wax Boom is a brilliant psychological portrait of a GI in WW2 germany, compared to but better than
Catch 22.