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"War" - dexter filkins on Sebastion Junger

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/books/review/Filkins-t.html?ref=world

“…none of the men of the platoon come to life for very long. And for all the discussion of combat, there isn’t enough of it in the book to sustain Junger’s discussion. There’s too much telling, not enough showing. The result is that for all its closeness to the men in the field, “War” lacks the emotional power it might have had if its characters had been described in more depth. Junger risked his life to be with the men of Battle Company’s Second Platoon, but I would have liked to have heard a little more from them and a little less from Junger himself…

…But perhaps the most poignant moment for the men of Battle Company occurred after “War” went to press. In April, the United States Army closed its bases in the Korangal Valley and sent the soldiers to other places. After five years of fighting and dying, American commanders decided the valley wasn’t worth the fight. War indeed"

by teru kuwayama at 2010-05-17 12:57:34 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→


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