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Autumn Fool Paperback – May 15, 2007
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
About the Author
Mike D'Emilio is a novelist and an American optimist. Driven to express a vision of unity, he writes across many genres with the same theme: we are one people, greater when we stand together.
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It's rare for a novel to attract men and women so equally and uniquely, exploring issues of family, gender roles, prejudice, redemption, and the fundamental question of what we want our lives to be. A war novel, a love story, an homage to football; it is all these things, but more than the sum of its parts. Michael D'Emilio shines in his first novel, with prose that belies the novice and reveals a talent that transcends one-dimensional categorization: "In the shadowland of hysterical blindness, where power lies with those whose righteousness is a stolen thing, enemies can begin to look like friends."
I recommend this book to anyone who delights in exploring the intricacies of all the intrigue and passion passages like this imply. An excellent read.
The story has incredibly wide appeal - my teenage son was captivated by the descriptions of football and a young man's experience with war, while I found the love story of Mateo and Anna to be the most poignant depiction of longing I'd ever read. But it's the masterful weaving of all these subjects into a narrative that will carry all readers along until the end that makes this such a wonderful read. And what might make you do as I did and begin again...