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When the man from the draft board arrives to take country bumpkin Will Stockdale to Callville for induction into the army, Will's father chases him off. But even hastily erected barbed wire cannot prevent Uncle Sam from claiming this draftee, and soon Will is on a bus to Fort Thompson, Georgia. In the barracks, our hapless hero meets little Ben Whitledge, a fellow traineeWhen the man from the draft board arrives to take country bumpkin Will Stockdale to Callville for induction into the army, Will's father chases him off. But even hastily erected barbed wire cannot prevent Uncle Sam from claiming this draftee, and soon Will is on a bus to Fort Thompson, Georgia. In the barracks, our hapless hero meets little Ben Whitledge, a fellow trainee who thinks he deserves a medal simply because his grandfather fought under Stonewall Jackson. This odd duo is assigned to the elite air force, though they would rather serve in that most glorious and revered branch of the army - the infantry. Sergeant King, Will's nemesis, is determined to dampen the young soldier's enthusiasm, but Will - even in his long stint as latrine orderly - consistently prevails and unknowingly confounds the gruff sergeant at every turn....

Title : No Time for Sergeants
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ISBN : 9780807120323
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 214 Pages
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No Time for Sergeants Reviews

  • Carol
    2019-04-03 10:43

    NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, first published in 1954, details the mishaps of farm boy Will Stockdale who is (unfortunately for some) drafted into the Air Force.With an uneducated southern dialect, Will narrates his disastrously crazy encounters that result in a plain old super-silly bunch of fun and laughs.Although I did enjoy this quick read, watching Andy Griffith play Will on screen was much funnier. (sorry we lost Mac Hyman at such a young age)

  • Tom Mathews
    2019-04-12 11:16

    I really enjoyed this goofy story. It's a humorous look at a country boy who gets drafted into the Air Force. I'm not sure whether the main theme is country bumpkin Will Stockdale's difficulties in adapting to military life or if it's the military's difficulty in dealing with country bumpkin Will Stockdale. Having seen the movie when I was a teenager. I couldn't help hearing Andy Griffith's voice as Will described his adventures. I'd like to thank Lynn at On the Southern Literary Trail group for selecting this book and giving me the opportunity to read and discuss it with others.

  • Connie
    2019-04-02 04:27

    No Time for Sergeants is hilarious! Will Stockdale, a country bumpkin from Georgia, is drafted into the service and sent to boot camp during World War II. He's a character similar to Gomer Pyle or Forrest Gump. Will is naive to the ways of the world, but with enough common sense to land on his feet. He drives Sergeant King absolutely crazy, so the sergeant coaches him so he'll pass the Air Force tests just to get Will out of his barracks.The book was adapted for TV, a Broadway play, and a movie. Youtube has some great clips of Andy Griffith playing Will Stockdale that are sure to put a smile on your face.

  • Diane Barnes
    2019-04-15 08:35

    A quick, easy, and funny novel about an uneducated good ole boy from Georgia who unwittingly outsmarts his ranking officers when he is drafted into the Air Force. His honesty and country logic win out every time. It was filmed as a movie starring Andy Griffith, and since I had seen the movie a few years ago, I heard his voice narrating the whole thing. Perfect casting!

  • Laura
    2019-04-19 04:36

    This book is a hoot. I go back to an Andy Griffith episode in a scene where Andy tells Ernest T, "you're not no account, you're just ignorant." Well, Will Stockdale isn't no account he's just a country boy that is somewhat ignorant of things in life and in the military. Not a book for everybody. The dialect of a country bumpkin from Georgia could drive a person mad and Stockdale's thought process could drive a reader insane, but me....I had a blast. That was a fun read. I love reading books that have some age to them. This was written in 1954. Note: Author's daughter is Gwyn Hyman Rubio who wrote Icy Sparks

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-17 11:38

    If you've never read this book, you've missed one of the greatest Southern books of all time. It inspired an equally funny movie, and when placed beside Forest Grump, it trumps!

  • Lwg63
    2019-04-13 10:21

    This book had a lot of firsts for me. This was the first book I can remember reading just because I wanted something to do during a long hot nothing to do summer. I was bored and my mother in desperation said: "why don't you read a book". So I found this one and read it. It was so funny. I think it was the first time I laughed out loud while reading a book. It later became a movie staring Andy Griffith and I remember thinking for the first time that "the book was better than the movie". It is about a country boy who is very unaware of the real world, especial the “army way” of doing thing. It is an easy read and I think you will enjoy it.

  • Howard
    2019-04-05 11:25


  • John
    2019-04-14 07:36

    This novel, which was translated into a play by Ira Levin and a film starring Andy Griffith and Nick Adams, is the story of an uneducated and naive Georgia hillbilly, Will Stockdale, who is drafted into the Air Force during the 1950s. This book was also the inspiration for the television sit-com, Gomer Pyle. Andy Griffin captured Will's narration and speech. Although the film was generally true to the film, I was fascinated in what changes were made. For example, the scene in the movie when Will is caught speechless encountering a female officer, the same scene in the book involves a black officer. I guess both were telling of the times when this book was published in 1954.Generally, each page elicited a chuckle but I could not read it without the film running in my head, which is why I don't like to watch movies before reading the book.

  • Robin
    2019-03-31 12:14

    A ditsy Huck Finn yarn that wears out its welcome before Will even gets to the draft board.

  • Patricia Watkins
    2019-04-21 11:21

    I gave this book three stars for the humor that kept me laughing throughout. It was a read for a southern writers book club and I love reading something I would not have picked. Another interesting aside to this book is that the writers daughter is Gwen Rubio who wrote Icy Sparks, an Oprah bookclub read. The main character is southern to the core and good at heart. Everything his protagonists do to rid themselves or him seems to backfire because he is just good at heart and always thinks the best of others. If I could give it a three point five I would. I woke my dogs laughing at the last page. The book is out of print but I managed to find a used copy on eBay for 99 cents plus shipping. It is available for sharing.

  • Rose
    2019-04-20 10:26

    The sergeant hates the amiable new draftee, Will Stockdale. He is trying everything to get Will in trouble, and one night he decides to take Will out drinking. It ends somewhat like this; The sergeant, he done decided to wash his car while we were headed home. So they all decided to find some water. The ocean is right there, so he drove into the ocean. Lissen to that power! Lissen to it! When the car stopped, he and the others jumped out and started sloshin' water all over the car. But I got tired, so I jest went on back to the barracks and went to bed. Mixin' too many drinks makes me sleepy.And the only one of this group that doesn't get in trouble? Will, who was obviously not a part of it because he wasn't even hung over!This is probably the funniest, most laugh out loud book I have ever read.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-12 09:39

    Real rating: 2 1/2 stars*yawn*I have a hard time not finishing books, but I finally have to admit defeat on this books, one hundred and twenty pages in. Not that this book was horrible, but it was so incredibly boring--which is hard to do when the setting is WWII.I could see how this could become a smash hit of a movie, as that could really play up the humor, but when it comes to the book, I feel like there's hardly a plot and the humor is dulled by the fact that the main character is so dull.Will is such a forgettable main character. He always does his best to please others and doesn't understand anything going on around him because he's so backwoods. I didn't mind the backwoods part, as that was where much of the humor comes from--him not understanding the real intentions/meanings of what people say and do--but he was so eager to please that there really isn't much trouble in the book. I mean, there is some trouble because nobody wants him, but he doesn't realize there's trouble and I really don't care enough about him to care where he ends up.So, while it wasn't an awful book and I felt the author captured Will's speech well, it was too boring for me to finish.

  • Rhonda Keith
    2019-03-27 08:17

    It's been a long time since I read this novel, though I just watched Andy Griffith's movie again. The first time was in an Air Force base theater. The recruits howled at the "They call them Air-Men" scene. The writer was one of those ex-WWII servicemen who wrote about their military experiences.One scene was changed from the novel: when Private Will Stockdale sees his first woman officer. In the novel, he saw his first black officer. The scene works perfectly either way. The last part of the movie, when Will and his buddy Ben end up on a misguided airplane, seems to have been tacked on; I can't remember the novel's ending. It's not nearly as good as the rest of the movie and probably had different writers.

  • Rex Libris
    2019-04-12 12:41

    I first encountered No Time for Sergeants in its form as TV special. Andy Griffith plays a complete hayseed who is drafted into the Air Force and subsequently drives his sergeant crazy. The TV special was adapted from the full-length movie, which was adapted by Ira Levin from this book. While I enjoyed the book, it is second to Griffith's portrayal of the character. I normally like books better than the movies, but in this case it is turned around. The adaptation and the actors give a better life to the story than the book.This is obviously where Griffith got the idea for the Gomer Pyle spin-off from the Andy Griffith Show. Gomer and Sgt. Carter are the heirs of William Stockdale and Sgt. King.

  • Cody Gillespie-Lynch
    2019-03-31 12:25

    I started reading this in 10th grade, having found it in the school library. I found it quite amusing but due to school work and other things, I eventually stopped reading it. I always planned on finishing it, but never got around to it. Then about six years later, having run out of things to read, while travelling, I came across a copy at an English Language bookstore in Guatemala, and read it. It is a very funny spoof of 1950's american military life.

  • Greg
    2019-03-22 07:23

    I first read this as a teenager, and I think I chuckled constantly through the whole book. I've since read it a couple more times, and it was as funny the third time as is my memory of the first. The combination of country, small-town naïveté and the occasional glimpses of wisdom learned from a hardscrabble life of work and sacrifice also made this book and it's characters special to me.

  • Lynne
    2019-04-14 10:34

    A silly and entertaining quick read, if a bit politically incorrect. The racist slang occasionally used by the main character can be off-putting but that's the way people talked in the 40s, especially people from the south. Still funny and worth a look.

  • Sam
    2019-04-20 09:31

    One of the rare occasions that the movie was an improvement from the book.

  • Judith Wrinkle
    2019-03-23 05:35

    This book made me laugh out loud, it was very, very funny. Read it years ago.

  • R.K. Cowles
    2019-04-08 05:30

    4 1/2 stars