Private (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 151 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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But then, maybe it's just me and my reading of it, but "Private" seemed to me a series of journal entries, pasted together with most dates omitted. And maybe that's something very good about the memoir because Frank Gilroy's account of his WWII experience sure has a heightened sense of immediacy.
Here he is being shipped off, saying good-bye to his parents: "They are framed in the doorway. They wave from the window. I am gone."
Mostly the story reads less like prose and more like poetry:
"We are a centipede
The sun is unrelenting.
A dark cloud appears.
We will it to us - command it to break: march singing through the torrent."
Gilroy's war memoir is a series of vivid impressions woven together to tell a harrowing story of a scared young kid going off to war, experiencing in a few terrifying months a lifetime of bravery and cowardice, fear and exhilaration and learning how easily we can come to mistreat, maim and annihilate one another all for the sake of naught.
He's a kid too young to saunter across a picturesque European countryside on a sunny day and suddenly come upon piles of bodies, a horrific scene where an arm protrudes from a lime pit and where the stench is "worse than the dead."
This is Gilroy's second Kindle Short. He seems at his ripe old age to have found a new métier. "Private" follows the miraculously engaging "The Lake." Both share an insight and tenderness that's hard to forget. "Private" is a WWII tale told mostly in couplets that succeeds in lighting up your neurons with its verve and intensity.
[4.5 stars; it's really memorable]
The writing style makes the book read like a diary or a notebook where a GI recorded snatches of his thoughts as they passed through his mind. That takes nothing away from the narrative, which is spun with not a single wasted word. Everything has a purpose and it reads almost like a poem. The imagery is exceptional and vibrant and sentiments captured perfectly.
The afternoon I spent reading "Private" was an afternoon well spent.
'Private' is told in progressive scenes, like in a movie, with snippets of conversation, thoughts of the moment, intimate confessions which would probably never be spoken aloud - for who in person listening would know how to respond? - yet those confessions can be admitted on the safety of the page. There was one scene, of a recovered thin and weary American prisoner of war seeking chocolate from an unresponsive group of American soldiers, which I found myself shocked at. Gilroy himself seemed ashamed of the general inability to see this mans internal state, and his recounting of it was as if it he needed to tell of it, to help him understand just how they all had responded (or rather hadn't).
This story reads as truth, the truth of a young soldier remembering. It is not written as light entertainment. I felt his voice as I read. I recommend it for those who do not need every thought and action explained to them.
He didn't give a feeling of being interested in the character himself, so that the
reader didn't feel empathy with him either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very jumbled confusing story,but if you have been a war you can understand the story if you really really pay attention.Published 15 months ago by Thomas E. Dunn
More gaps on the pages than words, Story could have been a lot more interesting,In short the biggest load of rubbish I ever readPublished on June 6, 2014 by Norman Sherwin
No comment on this book, my 4 year old soon brought this book in error and it was too late to send it back once he had confirmed it on my kindle!Published on May 26, 2014 by Dave keen
Im sorry but i didn't enjoy this book i didn't like the way it was written and i didn't finish the story.Published on January 16, 2014 by Lynette Williamson
The story line was very poor. I thought it was a waste of money. I would not recommend this book.Published on September 26, 2013 by Katherine Smith
Very boring....a real disappointment as could have been really good. Don't know what else to say to make up my words.Published on August 20, 2013 by christine woodward
Having been 6 when world war 2 broke out and my brother having been in the air force , I quite enjoyed it.Published on June 20, 2013 by Lucien Deetlefs
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