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Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Stories of a Son at War Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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However, the character she develops for the narrator of this memoir--that of a more or less ordinary, middle-of-the-road, patriotic but stay-at-home mother of a son who suddenly joins the military--produced a piece that, to me, provides little insight into the causes, nature, or consequences of the events.
Where I want to know about her son's experience as a warrior, she provides only a superficial sketch. For instance, her son is wounded by an IED (several of his comrades were killed by it). But because the military will not disclose details and because her son is a stoic Latino who wants to be "a buffer" for his mom from the horrors of Iraq, we can only experience the same blankness that the narrator conveys with the "news blackout from the unit." Similar limitations block any insight into the alleged retribution against American soldiers, leading to horrific mutilations by Iraqi "insurgents."
Instead of insight, we get sentimentality. Almost every section ends with a cliché: "Against the backdrop of that spring's gruesome headlines and investigations, the lines between right and wrong, good and bad, seemed to be blurring more than ever. But I still believed the vast majority of our fighting me and women in Iraq were decent human beings, doing an impossible job as best they could in circumstances worse than most of us could have ever imagined."
The author is against the Iraq war from the beginning.Read more ›
No, I am not writing to reflect on me. I am pointing how the book made me think and reflect. Sue Diaz is a gifted writer. You experience the emotional difficulties as you see how she and her husband deal with choices her son makes about not going directly to college. You see how they handle finding out he has joined the army and the infantry. You see how meaningful the simplest contacts are with their soldier. I loved her taking us through the "box" as a way of telling the story. I was interested when she said Roman had gotten a tattoo how she would handle it - it made me think of my daughter getting a tattoo and my son getting an ear pierced. I didn't like their choice, but it was their choice. She shows us the unconditional love of a parent.
The sacrifices a family makes to accommodate a military family member shine through when we see her daughter's wedding date changed. The stories of her going to the target practice with her son and the time between his deployments paint a picture many share.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One could really feel all of the emotions of the Mother while her son was in Iraq. A good readPublished on March 2, 2014 by Deanna Chappell
Heart breaking story, but am sure all families go through something hard when a family member is deployed. Recommend to everyonePublished on May 31, 2013 by Betty Steen
I heartfelt story from a mothers point of view. Humor makes the hard truth of the reality of war somewhat easier to read. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Mercedes Hegland
Well written and thoughtful. I enjoyed the mothers positivity throughout the book although it must have been tough for her during her son's deployment. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Dawnella
I just finished my 1st 4.0 of the year. This is really an amazing book. It's one of the books featured by Silicon Valley Reads this year. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Lloyd Russell - The Book Sage
This a account of a soldier in the Iraq war adding a personal dimension of Black Heart Brigade. Such series of books will serve as an account of History 50 years from now. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by rpv