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5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of star-crossed lovers, April 1, 2008
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This review is from: I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (Hardcover)
From prologue to last page, "I Lost My Love in Baghdad" draws its strength not from the sense of tragedy and ambition of Macbeth but the sense of tragedy and tumult of Romeo and Juliet. The war in Iraq and its healing were the proximate causes which kept Michael Hastings for Newsweek and Andrea Parhamovich for the National Democratic Institute in Baghdad but the final cause was their young love.

There is a plague on both houses in Iraq and the feel for scorching heat, armed clashes in the day and night and the indispensability of hired security hasn't come through as strongly in other visions of the war. The tragedy of every war is confirmed here and the final pages envisage Andi's final moments in all the horror of immolation, but the last line could still have been Romeo's to Juliet, "Thou art not conquer'd; beauty's ensign yet is crimson in thy lips and on thy cheeks. And death's pale flag is not advanced there"

Well worth the reading.
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