Generals Die in Bed is one of the great documents of the new honesty. (www.ralphmag.org (Review of Literature, Arts and P
Harrison's damning indictment of a war in which generals die in bed while soldiers die in a lousy trench resonates with the impact of his experiences.... From Montreal with recruits celebrating their departure and crowds waving flags and cheering, the scene shifts abruptly to the unspeakable horrors of the trenches. None of his training has prepared the teenage protagonist and narrator (never given a name) for the actuality of the trenches... In stark and powerful prose, the narrator chronicles his experiences, admitting he can find nothing to appease his terror.... Although the narrative is often abrupt and stark, the rhythm of language effectively communicates the ugliness and harsh reality that is the lot of soldiers on the front lines.... Generals Die in Bed is no gentle treatise on war; it stands as a reminder of the insanity of using warfare to solve political problems, of sacrificing human beings for ideological purposes. Highly Recommended. (Darleen Golk Canadian Materials
A stark and poignant novel. (Canadian Children's Book News
From the Back Cover
“Harrison’s novel offers the most authentic account of the brutalizing effects of war.”
–Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada.