Based on this post, I got and am almost through the novel and have to agree. It is rather amazing lyrical writing and conveys what loss in war, combat, and PTSD must really be like. There may not be a surfeit of plot but in the open spaces the reader’s own imagination works. One can see Hemingway’s influence, positively, but it’s no imitation—Richard Gilbert
Today, I finished what history may eventually deem to be one of the most important books of our time.
The last decade has been one of dramatic upheaval filled with times of immense sorrow, fear, panic, anger, and strife. Our lives changed, as a nation and as a world, on September 11th, 2001. On that day, our collective American conscience moved quickly toward deeply rooted terror and sadness. Many books have tried to capture the pain in the aftermath of that day. Some are exemplary, like NETHERLAND by Joesph O’Neill and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safran Foer. Although they are not finite in all that they encompass, they manage to capture some of the trauma that our nation experienced in those early years of the twenty-first century. These books manage to bottle up the pieces and give the reader a sudden shock of recognition and remembrance as the pages are…
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