- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; unknown edition (March 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553274325
- ISBN-13: 978-0553274325
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 422 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered--not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives...This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome...but so is war.
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Yes, it is a bit tough of a read-- jumping from flashback to flashback. In the first five chapters, there is only 1 comma used. (During my reread, I'm counting commas).
Yes, there is some violence, and sexual content. but honestly, it's a novel about war and the reality of its outcomes sometimes. Obviously, that stuff is going to be apparent.
In no way is it sugar-coated.
As a past Linguistics minor, I am in complete love with this book (not for the lack of commas, but that adds to it). Instead, for the pure imagery and way of writing.
Please do give it a shot. It is so worth a read. Get through it once, THEN make your overall decision about it. Do NOT sell this book short.
This book is not my bottom. Instead, it shows what a bottom could actually look like. As I've read this (it took me awhile to finish. This book hurts to read), I've noticed my appreciation for little things again. My value for life and people has grown, but also my self appreciation.
If you, or anyone you can speak to, feels like nothing matters, then you are one of the problems this book shines a light on.
I will need to remember this book, daily. Life is important and disregard for it is worse than death.
I also remember we all bought cuff bracelets with the names of POWs and MIAs and would wear them until they were returned home. My bracelet was so worn down and split in half . I could not wear it any more . I never heard from my POW .
When I read this book back then , it was so sad and enough to make me really hate war.
When I recently returned to these pages , it reminded me of my innocence. War is not really about people unless it is over a genocide or holocost or saving or preserving freedom . War always seems to be about the greed or power of governments above people . The people who are are poor and fight are the ones who are injured and suffer. Yet , we don't complain because we are proud and convinced we are fighting for our good . This book should be required reading in every school and by every recruit before entering the service.