- File Size: 324 KB
- Print Length: 47 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BB eBooks (October 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005I5WYU6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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America Goes On: A Novella Kindle Edition
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Highly recommend this book, and looking forward to my next Paul Salvette novella!
I was quite attracted by the book's hook; a war veteran, Frank, travels across the Californian desert to New York to meet up with a girlfriend and drop in on his close ex-comrades along the way. I was keen to read how a war veteran copes with 'normal' life after being part of indescribable horrors--ones no young man today really imagines he will witness--and how Frank would readjust, mentally. Having only been to America a couple of times, I thought too, I might learn about a different part of this vast country.
The novella is written in the first person and in the present tense (although it did once wander off course). Frank describes how he ended up fighting for his country; I'm not so sure that in the beginning it was for all the right reasons, but certainly, by the time his second tour of duty was over, the patriotism of this young man is very evident. As he travels across the desert and stops to catch up with his friends or to rest, he encounters various people who realise from his appearance that he is or was a Marine. It is on these occasions he discovers an indifferent attitude to war and those that serve in it--an attitude that riles him somewhat, believing he deserves more for putting his young life on the line for his country and it engenders a level of cynicism in him. He is keen to get to his destination and the lovely girlfriend he is eager to spend maybe a little time with, maybe a lifetime with, who knows, and to reacquaint himself with civilian life, albeit with a different perspective. His last port of call, however, gives him some answers to where his destiny lies........
This story isn't great literature - the language is harsh, regional and rough-edged. The sentiments, however, are clear and thought-provoking and just as you begin to think that this is just a hard-hitting, but sometimes poignant collection of reflections from a hardened war veteran which looks as if it will end rather sweetly......you get a metaphoric slap in the face.
As it happens, I didn't learn anymore about America's geography. However, despite Frank's perception of his own compatriots' lackadaisical attitude to war, personally, I have never undervalued the sacrifice made by men and women who put their lives at such tremendous risk and the respect, awe and admiration I have for them is beyond measure.
Now, it's infinitesimal.
I read a lot of books, and very seldom does one find its way into my hands that has me stopping when I finish saying "Wow, I did not expect that". America Goes On is one of those rare and unexpected gems.
America Goes On is a written account, much like a journal of sorts, of a young man's journey across the country after his discharge from the Marine Corps. The story is filled with memories from the young mans tours inIraq. It also illustrates the challenges many of our soldiers face when they come home from war and try to find their way as civilians.
As the widow of aVietnamveteran, I have some understanding of the things these men are going through when they come home.
I found America Goes On to be well written and descriptive. The characters are well developed and realistic. My only real dislike about the story is the rather rampant use of curse words throughout the story. Now I have been known to cuss like a sailor at times but I find that using it in a written story leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I just think there are more descriptive ways to impart the "roughness" of a character without tossing around f-bombs and words like it.
I have to admit that I enjoyed and yet was slightly disturbed by the end of the story, and as odd as this may sound that dual reaction makes me like America Goes On even more.
Whether or not you support the war, you need to support our troops, who risk their lives for us, whether we want them to or not. Without their sacrifices, we wouldn't remain free. Read this novella; it's amazing.
He has no idea what his future holds, and so for now he is driving across the US while contemplating the past and coming to terms with what happened in Iraq. He is visiting old friends and trying to make sense of American attitudes towards the US involvement in Iraq.
However the highlight of the novella is definitely the ending. This novella had an ending that caught me by surprise and I never saw it coming. I hesitate to say it had a 'twist' because that will have readers searching for a twist from the beginning, but I was certainly impressed by the ending. I'll say no more though, because I don't want to spoil the best part.