Goodbye, Mickey Mouse

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Goodbye, Mickey Mouse
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First Edition
AuthorLen Deighton
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical fiction
PublisherKnopf[1]
Publication date
12 October 1982
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages337[2]

Goodbye, Mickey Mouse is a historical novel by Len Deighton published on 12 October 1982. Set in Britain in early 1944 it tells the story of the 220th Fighter Group of the US Eighth Air Force in the lead up to the Allied invasion of Europe. The Group is based at a fictional airfield in Norfolk named Steeple Thaxted.

Synopsis[edit]

Each chapter is titled by the name of the main character it deals with. The central storyline revolves around a love affair between a new pilot, Captain James Farebrother, and an English girl, Victoria Cooper. Another major plot line follows Lieutenant Mickey Morse, nicknamed Mickey Mouse, who is racing to be the first American pilot to break Eddie Rickenbacker's record of 26 kills from World War I.

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times review suggested that the novel successfully evoked wartime Britain, and featured Deighton's trademark technical and operational details of the P-51 Mustang fighter which the Group flies. It described the aerial scenes as few and brief but powerfully capturing the terror and excitement of bomber escort missions over Germany.[3]

Simon Mcleish gave the book a mixed review. He stated that Goodbye Mickey Mouse is obviously "well researched", but it (the research) "is presented less obtrusively". Mcleish summed up the article by stating that "for the general reader, Goodbye Mickey Mouse" is not Deighton's most appealing novel, "though it would repay the effort required to read it".[4]

On Goodreads, out of 658 user ratings and 27 reviews, Goodbye Mickey Mouse currently has a rating of 3.76 out of 5 stars .[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Knopf". Knopf Doubleday. 1998-10-10. Retrieved 2016-07-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (December 7, 1982). "Books of the Times". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved January 24, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (7 December 1982). "Books Of The Times". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 4 December 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ McLeish, Simon (2004-07-16). "Simon's Book Blog: Len Deighton: Goodbye Mickey Mouse (1982)". Simonsbookblog.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Goodbye Mickey Mouse by Len Deighton — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)