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And the ending of the book was too neatly resolved.
Also, Swofford's writing style is not great, I could probably write more flowing and descriptive prose if I tried (and that's not saying much).
Now, also, I understand how it really might be possible to go from hatred to compassion to redemption in only one lifetime.
I chose this title to read with my book group for this month. Left it to the last minute to read and so had to read it in one day and part of one evening. Read morePublished on June 2, 2011 by snowday
This is a review of the audio edition of the book.
I felt that the voice acting added a great deal to the characters and to the story told - much of the book doesn't... Read more
Yes, take your place amongst America's very finest writers for this is as good as it gets. There is something exhilarating about being so in thrall to a writer's skill at plot and... Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Jonathan Posner
the first third of the book (part 1) was enjoyable to read and i thought the remainder of the book would be equally as enjoyable but it is unfortunate that it was not. Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by Akira Touya
I only finished this novel so that I could write an full and honest review about it. You may notice that this book doesn't come in paperback. There's a reason for that... Read morePublished on November 3, 2007 by G.L.Kirkland
The Virginia character is not likable, so I did not really care about her. I agree with another review that the believability of a story line is important. Read morePublished on June 25, 2007 by K. ONeill
If you're looking for a spoiled rich kid's story you've come to the wrong place. There is no Holocaust tie-in, no sex abuse, no prep schools and no shrinks. Read morePublished on June 4, 2007 by C. Gombar
I was disappointed with this novel. After coming close to giving up on it twice, I stuck it out, but was not rewarded in the end. Read morePublished on June 2, 2007 by chp
Ever since "Jarhead" I have loved Anthony Swafford's writing style. Being a Marine and living in Japan also helped me fall in love with this book since I relate to it so much.Published on May 30, 2007 by Drew L. Wright