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Falcons on the Floor Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Falcons on the Floor is the rare novel about war that re-humanizes everyone involved. --Dahr Jamail, independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone
A lyrical and sensuous poem, an astonishing and mesmerizing book. --Alphonso Lingis, philosopher and author of The First Person Singular and Body Transformations
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Top Customer Reviews
In the hands of many others, this story at this point in history could easily become politicized, polarized (War is evil! or The jingos ate your baby, or America F yeah!), but Sirois manages to tell the story without a lean. He tells it on its human terms. The characters are affected by the war, of course, and the war acts as an impetus for many of their actions, but this novel isn't about the war; the war is merely its horrific background, a circumstance at most, a thing that humans do and that makes humans do things, whether brave or cowardly or both.
This book isn't without its flaws, of course. There are some mechanics towards the end that get a little loose, a few moments where a slip in narrative affected my ability to be fully immersed in the story. There are some typos. Okay. And these things I'm sure lessened the book's impact to a small degree. To Sirois's credit, he was managing some complicated shifts, and to Publishing Genius's credit, this was the first novel they've undertaken. But I hope if or when you go to read this book, you'll show grace, you'll understand how even the most important things can go unpolished.
It should come as no surprise that when two characters take off to escape the Iraq War, the war is going to find them. This novel is Chekov's gun on steroids. What Sirois pulls off in Falcons on the Floor's third act is an ending unlike any war novel I've read since The Things They Carried. I don't offer that praise lightly.
No spoilers here, except to say that once the bullets start flying the ending is not what you expect.
My full review is here: [...]
The story is so normal in many ways, a road trip with two friends with different personalities. And maybe that's what is so scary, because it sure isn't normal for us, safely here in the USA. I felt as if I were with the two young men the whole way to the end, and that somehow they were both my friends, so it was a painful journey.
Sirois, with the inspired help of Haneen Alshujairy, has accomplished a feat of transmogrification beyond the ability of most writers. We, the readers, are there, and we travel along with Khalil and Salim, and feel it all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unnervingly real. You will feel the temperature change, the sweat run down your back and the grit between your fingers. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karen
Bravo, Falcons on the Floor exceeded my expectations by far, I found it riveting from the get go and this energy was maintained throughout the book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good and thoughtful account of the impact of the Iraq war on people that -- frequently -- seem like people that I would know and would be my friends. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Ken Rumble
I can read. This is a book. Books are for reading. I suggest you also read this book, if you, like me, know how to read.Published on June 13, 2013 by Brian R. Fox
Five hours were all it took to unzip me completely, just as five rounds had unzipped one man's shoulder and chest in the end . . . Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by CarlaJeanV
This book, by genre, could be Young Adult because the protagonists, both American and Iraqi, are all in their early 20s, and the narrators are those protagonists. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Ayman
For most of us, war triggers images of decimated buildings, flag-draped coffins, slow-motion replays of planes piercing buildings, grainy pictures of mutilated bodies. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Tai Turner
Just finished reading Justin Sirois's Falcons on the Floor. It was thrilling and sad and made war feel like a real (and strange) event - as opposed to the familiar one that too... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Timmy Reed
I fell in love with the characters in this novel. This is not your typical war story. Sirois gives the reader a side of Iraq that is not shown on the evening news-the civilians... Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by chills45