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The War Zone [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Stuart
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Book Description

Compared by Time Out magazine to a contemporary Catcher in the Rye, Alexander Stuart's The War Zone was chosen as Best Novel of the Year for Britain's prestigious Whitbread Prize when it was first published. It was instantly stripped of the award - amid much controversy among the judges - due to the novel's uncompromising yet sometimes ironic portrayal of incest and adolescent fury.

The War Zone follows its teenage narrator, Tom, whose world is torn apart as he stumbles upon a complex and intensely abusive relationship between his older sister, Jessie, and their father.

The novel has been published in eight languages and was turned into a multi-award-winning film, directed by Oscar-nominated actor/director, Tim Roth.

This newly revised and updated 20th Anniversary Edition includes an Afterword by Tim Roth, explaining what drew him to this controversial subject matter. It also contains both the original British and American opening chapters of the book, Alexander Stuart's diary of the making of the film, and an introduction that includes a remarkable letter from Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange.

"From the novel's first scene, the material is explosive" - The New York Times Book Review

"Stunning...mysterious and deeply moving" - The Observer, London

"The Catcher in the Rye of the 90s" - Time Out, London

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Into the War Zone November 23, 2009
Despite the storied 20 year history of both the novel and subsequent movie, I was ignorant of its existence.

And quite a history The War Zone has; the novel was stripped of the Whitbread Prize (now the Costa book awards.) An event that Stuart himself credits as far more helpful in promotion of his book than perhaps just receiving the award itself. Script adaptations of The War Zone by Stuart number in the tens, and it seemed a successful film adaptation would remain in "development hell" for all eternity.

The War Zone is a dark, unwavering narrative filled with elegant prose. A book oft touted as about incest and abuse, was to me, a deep and layered texture about middle-class suburban despondence. The true disconnectedness and alienation that is male adolescence (I've been there!) is compounded by a world spiraling out of control. As a reader, the comfort of familiarity is ripped away as an impending sense of dread and uneasiness builds. To be inside the head of a young boy, Tom, surprisingly evoked more pity than sympathy. All of Tom's innocence, his childhood, become forever stained by the knowledge of his father's sexual abuse of his sister Jessica. As I read, my mind stiffened. I braced for impending impact, almost certain of its trajectory. And suddenly, what I knew, was not what I knew. Tom's fear and his inability to change the outcome of even his own life paralyzes the reader.

The bleak and muted English countryside enraptured me. Even though I've never been to the United Kingdom, Stuart conjures a middle class moroseness that I'm all too familiar with here in the States. I enjoyed the subtle, stifled elements of the world. There is a realness and depth that is unnerving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Story December 12, 2012
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This is not your father's "war zone". Rather, it is a story of an incestuous relationship and the gritty impact of a family's relocation from London to the countryside. It is well written and worth the read, if you can stand the dark side of life. The movie, with Tilda Swinton playing the clueless mother is quite good as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The War Zone... a Masterpiece. December 6, 2014
A Masterpiece, a Must read (and see, the movie made in 1999).
Grateful eternely for the wz, grateful eternely to each person who worked for the book and for the movie. It's amazing the impact of the WZ even after more than 20yrs the book has been written, that every day several of us Survivors, all around the world, support each other to fight against our dark passenger to not let him control our life, to survive...daily.
Abuses happen more often than people could imagine. Here the last image of the movie, perfect to represent it: the bunker is in the landscape it's not in front of our eyes but if we turn a bit the head/eyes it's visible, as the abuses in our society, it's not in front of people's eyes but just by looking around it's here, more often than people can imagine.

The wz shown us the Survivor's way and gave us the keys to Survive and made crossed (still) the ways of many Survivors, grateful for each person more than Friends who are Survivors too, my way crossed with, a precious community and a comfort to not feel alone in that fight to Survive. The WZ helps us all to survive and helps us to help others to survive too.

A deep thank to Alexander Stuart and Each person all the team behind the book and movie to have found the strength and courage to make the wz, they all can be proud of them, grateful with all my heart daily and eternely.

And the 20th Anniversary edition is an excellent edition. I love the afterword by Tim Roth (Who directed the War Zone movie in 1999) and the diary, 2 very good bonus. To finish, to those who will buy it (this novel) you wont regret, this book is a jewel (as the movie).
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