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Is Phil Klay's debut short story collection the best book about the Iraq War? --Kevin Nguyen
“Success was a matter of perspective. In Iraq it had to be.” This opening line, from one of the stories in Phil Klay's impressive debut collection, Redeployment, encapsulates what the book does best: through the many viewpoints represented by his twelve stories, Klay gives us not just a gripping portrait of the Iraq War but a glimpse into the true human cost of war, abroad and at home.
Though the United States entered Afghanistan and Iraq over a decade ago, novels about those conflicts have only begun gaining critical and commercial attention in the past few years. Kevin Powers's The Yellow Birds, was one of the most talked about books of 2012; the same year, Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Both books were finalists for the National Book Award and included in our own Best of the Year list.
Powers and Fountain took very different approaches to the Iraq War. The Yellow Birds is a moving, often lyrical story that follows the tradition of in-the-trenches war fiction, taking hints from such classics as The Things They Carried all the way back to All Quiet on the Western Front (Powers is a veteran who received his MFA after returning to the U.S.); in contrast, Billy Lynn is more of a satire, taking place on home turf as the surviving members of Bravo Squad are paraded out during the halftime show of a Dallas Cowboys game.
Tonally and thematically, Redeployment falls somewhere in between these two novels. In its diversity of viewpoints, Klay has composed a complicated portrait of the war and its psychological effect on Iraq and at home in the States. Like Yellow Birds, these stories are moving and subtly philosophical; like Billy Lynn, Redeployment isn't afraid to be funny, to be brash.
Read the full review on Omnivoracious.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2014: I defy any readers of Phil Klay’s stunning Redeployment to a) put it down and b) limit the number of “wows” they utter while reading it. These twelve stories, are all about the Iraq War or its aftermath; they are so direct, so frank, they will impress readers who have read all they care to about the war as well as those who thought they couldn’t stand to read about it at all. The strength of Klay’s stories lies in his unflinching, un-PC point of view, even for the soldiers he so clearly identifies with and admires. For example, one veteran tells a guy in a bar about a particularly harrowing war experience. When the stranger, moved, declares his respect for our troops, the soldier responds, “I don’t want you to respect what I’ve been through. I want you to be disgusted.” Klay is fearless; he eviscerates platitude and knee-jerk politics every chance he gets. “[A fellow soldier] was the one guy in the squad who thought the country wouldn’t be better off if we just nuked it until the desert turned into a flat plane of grass,” he writes. These stories are at least partly autobiographical, and yet, for all their verisimilitude, they’re also shaped by an undefinable thing called art. Phil Klay is a writer to watch. --Sara Nelson
Not just a very impressive debut, REDEPLOYMENT can withstand comparison to Tim O'Brien's canonical THE THINGS THAT THEY CARRIED. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Stephen O. Murray
A series of well written stories that place you very realistically into the lives of veterans and soldiers in the wars in the Middle East. Read morePublished 4 days ago by muddyboy1
Provides new insights on the impact of war on our military on the front linePublished 8 days ago by Juergen G. Keil
Very well written book.It's not easy to read about the reality of war.This book will put you in the heads of these selected warriors,and understand the demons that face them on and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ralph Douglas
This title is an interesting read. There are times you have to recall that you are following different characters without being specifically directed that you are. Read morePublished 9 days ago by f.lastname
My son is an Iraq War veteran. This book gave me true insight into his experience and the consequences as no other book of fiction or non-fiction ever has. Exquisite writing.Published 9 days ago by rosebud
Interesting, thoughtful and nuanced but because the characters only get one chance in the novel, I think it's not very deep. Read morePublished 15 days ago by 茉莉花
The Red Badge of Courage. A Farewell to Arms. The Naked & the Dead. The Things They Carried.
Every generation, every war or foreign conflict Americans fight and die in,... Read more