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Men with Broken Faces Paperback – December 3, 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608448568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608448562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,116,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Immediately prior to reading this book, I read Manning's classic 1929 novel, "The Middle Parts of Fortune", in which life and death in World War One trenches on the Western Front is superbly detailed. I found "Men With Broken Faces" an even greater work. This is because it carries one through the soldier's wartime misery and suffering but also reveals their continued presence in war's aftermath; the return to civilian life.

This is a well-written novel. James Ostby's sophisticated sense of refined vocabulary is obvious, but his use of it is not flagrant. That, to this reader, stands in refreshing contrast to the styles of many other writers. He apparently writes not to impress the reader but to merely tell his story well. And the extent of his historical accuracy (names, places, dates, etc.) is most pleasing to the knowledgeable reader.

The plot is well devised. Despite its background of suffering and loss, it evolves to a warm and hopeful conclusion. All in all an exceptionally good read!
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In this engrossing novel, we meet Morgan Feeney, an epileptic, drunken, and out-of-work shepherd. He suddenly finds himself enlisting in the United States Army during World War I, and for the first time in his life, Morgan discovers his strength as a leader of men. Morgan’s camaraderie with his fellow soldiers gives him a sense of belonging, while also filling him with dread that he must risk losing them. After witnessing the horrific deaths of his friends, Morgan’s epilepsy is now compounded by shell shock, which haunts him for years after surviving the war.

Morgan thinks, “If I could be a man in war, I can be a man always.” Unfortunately, he finds himself labeled a lunatic, rather than a hero. Only one person understands him, Genevieve, a nurse who also served in World War I.

Men with Broken Faces, with its gripping scenes of warfare and philosophical insight, is an excellently crafted novel. The reader finds in Morgan a sympathetic character, and we follow his transformation from a ne’er-do-well, to hero, to town crazy, and to hero again. Ostby’s visceral scenes and compassionate insight into Morgan’s mind reveal in Ostby not only a great writer but a humanitarian.

Reviewed by Kerry Lindgren
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Men With Broken Faces is the story of an American soldier, Morgan Feeney, and his comrades during WWI. The story covers from enlistment to his return after the war.

In the early part of the story I thought Ostby had ignored many of the horrors that the soldiers experienced in WWI but he skilfully builds his story to dramatically describe life for the soldiers in the trenches of France.

The story, and the post war traumas continues after Feeney returns home to take up farming in Montana. Once back Feeney experiences post war stress and anxiety similar those who return from Vietnam.

Men With Broken Faces is an excellent, well researched story. The author’s skill of vividly describing action scenes gives an all too true clarity. It is not just a story of war but its impact on the survivors’ post war. Ostby even manages to include a good dose of romance.

Unlike many WWI stories this is not heavy going and would be an excellent read for a generation of students not familiar with the history of WWI.

This review is also on my website www.pam.id.au
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War is such an ugly event. James Ostby pointed out things to what is expected and unexpected when a war happens. This book had two parts to it, prewar and post war. The battles and recalling memories with the effects after the war. This story takes place during WWI, Morgan goes to France to fight and from here the hardship and treacherous condition war brings out the author conveyed clearly through his narrative descriptive words. The title is self evident and perfect for this book. I am in awe of the drama that unfolded with a touch of romance that brings back the human side. We cannot begin to understand what soldiers had seen or experience unless you have been there. The author used his words to show the readers the conditions, the suffering and sorrow which I found so profound. Writing flowed smoothly without a glitch. Followed the story effortlessly page after page, chapter after chapter. One more thing that captured my heart, the notes and diaries soldiers leave behind in case something happens to them, so captivating. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz.
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"Men with Broken Faces" is quite simply, the best book I have read in years. This is the kind of book that you don't want to put down, yet don't want to end - a book I will read again and again. With Hemingway-like style, James Ostby has painted an extensively researched picture of WWI and an intimate portrait of soldiers on the front-line, as well as post-war lives. Every chapter was an emotionally gripping experience; I cried many times with emotions ranging from sadness and horror to hope and tenderness. Ostby has created a beautiful story with a fascinating plot and intricately interwoven characters. I will need to read "All Quiet on the Western Front" and other war classics once again to see if "Men with Broken Faces" doesn't present a more captivating, emotionally-riveting, and thought-provoking picture of the horrors of war and the lasting effects on the lives of those involved. I can only hope that James Ostby will write another great book.
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