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Pink Mist [Kindle Edition]

Owen Sheers
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Winner of Wales Book of the Year

Pink Mist is a verse-drama about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. School friends still in their teens, Arthur, Hads and Taff each have their own reasons for enlisting. Within a short space of time they return to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.

A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity and emotional intensity, Pink Mist uses everyday yet heightened speech to excavate the human cost of modern warfare. Drawing upon interviews with soldiers and their families, as well as ancient texts such as the medieval Welsh poem Y Gododdin, it is the first extended lyric narrative to emerge from the devastating conflict in Afghanistan.

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Owen Sheers' breath-taking, unforgettable script focuses on the abused lives of three British soldiers with the humanity of a Wilfred Owen and brings the pity of the far Afghan war into our own mind's neighbourhood. (Dannie Abse)

Pink Mist is a tremendous book. It feels huge, engulfing, devastating, although only 87 pages long. When I finished it, what I felt most strongly was that it should be studied at school alongside the ubiquitous Wilfred Owen (Kate Kellaway The Observer 2013-06-02)

The war poet of our generation. (Independent)

The first important poem to come out of Britain's most recent Afghan war, there's more truth, more power to disturb, in Owen Sheers' Morte d'Arthur than in acres of media coverage. (PN Review)

Pink Mist is revealed as the most visceral of titles for this beautifully crafted verse-drama of three young British soldiers before, during and after their Afghan tour. Traumas leave minds, bodies and families shattered; if, as one narrator says, "There's a signature to every war," Sheers has drawn it here in its most vivid, complex, devastating colours. (Maria Crawford, Financial Times)

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Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013, Pink Mist displays all of Owen Sheers's virtuoso gifts for language and poetic drama.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKDAN70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There's something about the medium of poetry that brings the full horrors of war into sharp relief so well. The brilliant First World War poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, for example, are some of the most poignant and tragic verses I have ever read.

And now Welsh novelist and poet Owen Sheers has chronicled modern warfare in Afghanistan in the same gut wrenchingly electric way in his new book of poems Pink Mist. But rather than separate poems, it is a book telling a tale in verse - the story of three young Bristol lads - friends who sign up by a mixture of accident and design. It is a very short book - around 80 pages - of the most honest and heartbreaking words you will ever read.

There are different reasons for Arthur, Hads and Taff enlisting - a poorly paid apprentice plumber's job; a hunger for some excitement; or just because the other two had. And the terrible outcomes for each of them are very different too.

This is a stunningly well written and memorable book. It does not carry a blatant anti war message, but it does lead to much pause for thought about what we ask these young men and women to do in our name, and what becomes of the ones who return. Highly recommended - even if you don't do poetry, I assure you, you will do this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartfelt and moving 16 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I think it may be that D, Israel might have brought a particular set of his own prejudices to his reading of this book, and that's a pity because I think he's missed a deeply moving and heartfelt story. I'd never heard of Owen Sheers when I picked up the book in the library wanting something short to read. When I started it I, like D. Israel, thought it was pale stuff compared to Sassoon or Owen, but I kept going and gradually it all clicked and I became absorbed in the lives of these three kids who'd gone off to war. It's brilliant and it's real. By the end it became one of those books you just want to tell everyone about - it's a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 18 Jan. 2015
By bo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A moving read, plot driven and yet with depth and with you'd expect of a good story/poem. Reads as both.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 9 July 2013
By Cathy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Amazing to be able to express so graphically through poetry. I am not a fan of this genre of writing but in this case it was very powerful. Horrific in many ways but I really enjoyed it in a macabre sort of way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jan. 2015
By Magda
lovely arrived fast am delighted with it myself and have given it as gifts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original & sincere 19 Jan. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Given as gift but person looking forward to reading it! Heartfelt and straight - written in a realistic style which is believable and down to earth but with tense resonances
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know, you'll read it 1 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you read it, you'll know.

There's a gentle voice and a gentle pace to contrast the brutality of scenes unfolded in verse.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything that needs to be said 13 Mar. 2015
By Isaac
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is beautiful, strong, fearless, important... and incredibly moving. Mr Sheers is on incomparable form. Again.
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