- 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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Men with Broken Faces Paperback – December 3, 2010
About the Author
James Ostby grew up on the barren High Plains of northeastern Montana, on the farm homesteaded by his grandparents in 1912. He holds a bachelor of science degree in general studies, a bachelor of science in film and television production, and a minor in history. He was a personnel psychology specialist in the army in the mid '60s, has worked in public and commercial television, and was the owner and manager of a small-town radio station in Wyoming. He and his wife, Donna, and their two young daughters, returned to the farm in 1977, where the long, cold winters and the isolation provided the perfect writing environment. James and Donna spent their winters of the last ten years cruising aboard their blue-water sailboat Skycastles, based in Florida. They have now sold their boat, and James has devoted himself to full-time writing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd recommend this book to folks who like war novels, World War One and/ or PTSD. The horrors of war come to life!Published 19 months ago by Gretchen Bainum
This is different story and somewhat hard to follow but I am enjoying the story. I believe it is fairly factual concern the men's WWI experience. GaylePublished on September 13, 2014 by Gayle
I thoroughly enjoyed Men with Broken Faces. I thought it was a powerful story and well written. It is a period of time my generation knows very little about. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by janis kepner
This is not your average blood and guts action thriller. It is a complex and thought provoking story, set in the middle of the Great War, and then moving to the remote plains of... Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Beware
Men With Broken Faces was hard to put down once I started reading it. It is the story of a young man who is wounded but survives front-line combat during WWI. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Janet Larson
With haunting detail and historic accuracy, Men With Broken Faces immersed me in a time and a
place that, thankfully, I never had to live through - the front lines of World... Read more
This is a very engrossing story of a World War I soldier's struggle with physical and psychological trauma during and after the war. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Christina