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Ranks with "Gates of Fire" and "The Killer Angels"
on November 19, 2014
This Book drew me in the way "Gates of Fire" and "Killer Angels" did. I always wanted to know what was to happen next, but not in the form of a cliffhanger, but because I was so interested in the character, and the well-written cast around him.The main character is flawed, likeable, interesting,
The book takes Alessandro through a series of situations and adventures almost like "Candide". You wonder if he will survive, stay true to himself, his family, country, comrades, and love. He evolves from a somewhat self-absorbed lightweight intellectual into a man nearly parallel with the Greek ideal of warrior-poet.
The book covers some of the alpine fighting in World War I, as well as the periods before and immediately after the war. Alessandro knows more than his share of the trials of the military, The writing is tight. compact, but in no way dense. There is a lot of "there" there.
The central theme of the book is not the war, but the specific character in it, and how it affects him. Don't get it as a reference book for the war, but do get it, and go on the journey for the sake of the beauty of the trip.
I very much liked it, and I will read it again, because I want to go through those experiences with Alessandro again.