ROBERT FLANAGAN

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MAGGOT


New forty year anniversary edition is now available from Bottom Dog Press, Author, and Amazon - both paperback and Kindle


“Believe me, when it comes to novels about boot camp in the United States military, nothing compares to Robert Flanagan’s tough but wonderfully written classic, Maggot.”
- Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and Knock’em Stiff.

"Maggot is a great book, full of anger and power and humor and heart."
-- Ron Hansen, author of Desperadoes and Mariette in Ecstasy

"Parris Island will make a man of you or break you totally, many have suggested. This strong, well-written novel tells the story of varying shades of possibility in between. These are real people in the hands of this author and the outcome may surprise you."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"Flanagan's characters are interesting and believable and the plausibility of the novel is upheld even in the surprise ending."
-- The Washington Post


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A MAN?
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A MARINE?
SOMETIMES THE TWO ARE VERY DIFFERENT !

At Marine Corps basic training, Parris Island, the 70 recruits of Platoon 197 are so many “maggots” to their drill instructor. Sgt. Maguire relentlessly destroys the individuality of each recruit only to rebuild him as a marine—or ship him home, a dishonored wash-out.
Among Maguire’s maggots are Tom Adamczyk, terrified and determined to succeed, and Joe Waite, whose careless competence makes him seem a natural for squad leader. Both have joined the Corps for no very good reason; both are suddenly jolted into an awareness of the commitment they have made. When the brutality of basic training culminates in an official investigation, Adamczyk and Waite are forced to make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives.

SELECTED WORKS

POETRY
Selected Poems, 1969-2009, Bottom Dog Press
FICTION
A hard-hitting, best-selling novel about U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island.
Each of these stories is a fine little film, speckled with credible dialogue from nuanced personae, shaded with bittersweet longing and generous humor.
Prizewinning collection of stories about the war between men and women, praised by reviewers nationwide.
Stories filled with conflict and comedy
ESSAY
A brief personal essay on amateur boxing.
STAGE PLAY
A scientist comes to see his invention, a Humanoid Automated Reconnaissance Body, as a difficult "teenage son."
A two act dramatic comedy with occasional music set in 1912 in Liberty Center, Ohio.