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Life During Wartime Paperback – Import, June 8, 2006
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A quote from the opening paragraph: "One of the new Sikorsky gunships... gave Mingolla and Gilbey and Baylor a lift from the Ant Farm to San Francisco de Juticlan, a small town located inside the green zone.... To the east of this green zone lay an undesignated band of yellow that corssed the country from the Mexican border to the Caribbean. The Ant Farm was a firebase on the eastern edge of the yellow band, and it was from there that Mingolla -- an artillery specialist not yet twenty-one years old -- lobbed shells into an area that the maps depicted in black-and-white terrain markings. And thus it was that he often thought of himself as engaged in a struggle to keep the world safe for primary colors."
Be warned, this is not an easy read. The mood of the book is dark and pessimistic. The pace is often slow and meditative. It's not your regular heroic sci-fi.
Shepard is a great writer and the quality of the prose in this book is absolutely outstanding. This is Literature (yes, with capital L). If you can handle a difficult book and have the time to read it sentence by sentence, then pick it up. If you are looking for entertainment during vacation on a beach - stay away.
Just in case, keep this book away from kids - there are pretty graphic descriptions of sex and war violence in a couple of places.