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    THE WAR TRIED to kill us in the spring As green greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed we patrolled the low slung hill

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    Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds is a powerful novel which centers on a soldier fighting in the Irai War and what awaits him when he returns to civilian life in Virginia Powers’ opening lines—“The war tried to kill us in the spring”—exemplifies how difficult it is for soldiers to figure out where they fit into the dying going on ar

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    I've put off writing this review for a few days now while I mulled the book over because something in it just didn't work for me And this indeed is a conundrum because this novel should have been tailor made for me Generally speaking I'm a fan of contemporary war novels I don't enjoy them as escapist entertainment; I take them seriously and I respect them because I want to learn I want to listen I want to know what it'

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    The Yellow Birds wins the 2012 Guardian First Book Award Review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudThe 2017 fil

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    Let me tell you right now that this book is going to hurt The suffering the Irai War veterans endure in this book will touch a raw spot in you that you might prefer not to experience You will probably like me have a lump

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    As a chaplain in a VA hospital I don't meet many former warriors who consider themselves heroes nor many who think that war is necessary There is nothing romantic or beautiful about it Some will speak broadly of their experience but only a few will talk about its horror And so I turn to literature to help me understand I think of The Iliad 1

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    The first lines of Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds announces that it intends to be a classic war novel to be placed on the shelf somewhe

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    First off I want to say that the problem with this book is probably with me Many deeper thoughtful readers loved it and I might have enjoyed it if I was in the mood for a book I had to really concentrate on and think abou

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    The Yellow Birds is a fictionalised account of a young American soldier’s experiences while on a tour of duty in Ira in 2004 That this book has been published and is getting a wide readership is important because any and every account in whatever medium which underlines the absurdity of war is needed urgently until the sending out

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    My dad was a cold warrior serving in the Air Force from before my birth to well into my adult years Part of that time was spent serving in Vietnam and Thailand and yes there was combat in Thailand at the time where he was a radio operator who also served on base defense whenever his base was attacked Apparently this happened a few times in his stay in Southeast Asia As a boy being a boy I asked my Dad Dad did you ever get a purple heart H

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Year old Private Bartle and eighteen year old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city In the endless days that follow the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side the insurgents physical fatigue and the mental stress that comes fr The Yellow Birds wins the 2012 Guardian First Book Award Review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudThe 2017 film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Bartle gets a solid 4 stars of five from me and is available free to Prime members Gansett Island Boxed Set Books 1- 10.5 to life as The Sunday Potluck Club (The Sunday Potluck Club, their platoon launches a bloody battle for The Mission Primer the city In Tao Te Ching: A New English Version the endless days Decorum that follow Zen Doodle Unleashed the Thick two young soldiers do everything DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi to protect each other from Folk Shawls the forces Why Knock Rock? that press in on every side Fiction Writers Workshop the insurgents physical fatigue and Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch the mental stress Fabricate that comes fr The Yellow Birds wins First & Then the 2012 Guardian First Book Award Review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudThe 2017 film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Bartle gets a solid 4 stars of five from me and is available free Painting Garden Birds with Sherry C. Nelson (Decorative Painting) to Prime members

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Om constant danger Bound together since basic training when their tough as nails Sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible action The Yellow Birds is a fictionalised account of a young American soldier s experiences while on a tour of duty in Ira in 2004 That this book has been published and is getting a wide readership is important because any and every account in whatever medium which underlines the absurdity of war is needed urgently until the sending out of young men to fight senseless wars becomes a thing of the past Powers was 17 when he joined the army and what I d really like to have read is his diary from that time or some other such personal account of his tour of duty Soldiers managed to blog from Ira in the early years and that first hand reporting was amazing It wasn t trying to be literature it was just about telling it as it happened However since Powers was inspired to write a fictionalised account rather than an autobiographical one I would have preferred it without the fragmented style I just wanted him to tell his story straight instead of endlessly circling around it However he uses some interesting images and the language was uite poetic at times but at other times there was a lack of rhythm that tripped me up I found myself recalling other accounts of war which had grabbed me immediately and kept me fascinated and wondered what was that magic ingredient which had made them stand out There were a couple of pages towards the end of this book which worked well for me where I said yes finally this is his true voice and I was greatful for themThe other uibble I have is that any Irai point of view whatever is very much missing from Power s account He has an Irai interpreter character and speaks of buying food in local markets but doesn t use those opportunities to give an insight into what it may have been like for the localsFor anyone interested there was a blog by some women in Baghdad that is now available in book formBaghdad Burning Girl Blog From Ira Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down together since basic Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays training when Crazy Horses Girlfriend their Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium tough as nails Sergeant ordered Bartle Hannah Has Two Mommies to watch over Murphy Child Support the 777 the Lost Blood two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for As reality begins Know My Name to blur into a hazy nightmare Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from Abandoned Alice the world around him and Bartle Map My Heart takes impossible action The Yellow Birds is a fictionalised account of a young American soldier s experiences while on a Scandal tour of duty in Ira in 2004 That The Fashion Condition this book has been published and is getting a wide readership is important because any and every account in whatever medium which underlines Embellish Me the absurdity of war is needed urgently until The Snakehead the sending out of young men Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light to fight senseless wars becomes a The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, thing of Truly Wilde the past Powers was 17 when he joined VEGAN ganz anders the army and what I d really like Albert Reynolds to have read is his diary from An Infamous Army (Alastair, that Score! 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With profound emotional insight especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel about the costs of war that is destined to become a classicThe war tried to kill us in the spring begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss In Al Tafar Ira twenty one I ve put off writing this review for a few days now while I mulled the book over because something in it just didn t work for me And this indeed is a conundrum because this novel should have been tailor made for me Generally speaking I m a fan of contemporary war novels I don t enjoy them as escapist entertainment I take them seriously and I respect them because I want to learn I want to listen I want to know what it s like to go to war without actually having to go to war In some ways I see it as a duty If we re going to ask young men and women to fight and die for our country to risk physical and emotional maiming we sure as hell need to know precisely what it is we ask of them and honor their service by asking them only to fight when absolutely necessary Sadly this hasn t always been our country s policyAnd so I read The Yellow Birds a novel that is haunting lyrical and radiates the pain of taking part in and being witness to slaughter Written by Kevin Powers himself an Ira War veteran the novel is told using first person point of view giving our main character John Bartle his own voice In chapters that alternate between his service in Ira and his painful return home Bartle internally explores his own guilt and emotional agony over the brutal and inexplicable loss of his friend Murphy and the role he himself may have played in the incidentThe fragmented non linear structure and sometimes broken redundant syntax are clearly meant to reflect a narrator whose sense of self has been shattered and in sifting through the pieces he is exploring his culpability and who he is meant to be after the war is over There are some poetic lines and descriptions that are emotionally piercing in their perfectionAll of this should have been right up my alley and yet for most of the novel I was strangely unaffected by the account I had an academic appreciation for what he was trying to achieve and a profound respect for his own service and his attempt to capture the experience but still felt emotionally distant from the work In part I think it is because John Bartle s conflict is so internalized that it s difficult to connect because he keeps everyone at a distance after the death of Murphy I also think that if we had the scene of Murphy s death earlier in the narrative Murphy s death is mentioned continuously throughout but the circumstances are not revealed until the very end it might have better framed exactly what John is grappling with for the first 34 of the novel However I think the main factor is this to date I have read no finer depictions of the war experience than those found in the works Tim O Brien Now that may not be fair to compare Powers to O Brien but I couldn t help it Powers s writing takes several pages from the Tim O Brien playbook And I m not saying Powers does this intentionally but O Brien s influence on war narratives is so profound that it has simply become one of the primary sources for how we write about and read about war Fragmented narrative Check Shifting alternating point of view Check Soldier goes AWOL Check Soldier returns home unable to re assimilate into society Check Poetic sometimes esoteric language incongruously used to depict the most horrific base acts of war Check Rambling or broken syntax to depict the soldier s mindset CheckThere were so many similarities that every time I found one I couldn t help but think Tim O Brien does that better And O Brien allows us to emotionally connect with his characters in a way that Powers never uite achieved for me I felt sympathy but not empathyI m keeping the book because I think a re read in the future might change my perspective Despite not being in love with the book I do admire Powers for what he s done here and certainly respect his service to our country Any novel that shows people the real cost of war is certainly worth the readCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder