David Mamet is one of our most acclaimed writers. "3 War Stories" are connected by virtue of being related to wars. The striking thing about them is the language. Mamet is virtually a ventriloquist when it comes to narration and dialogue. The first novella, "Redwing," is the longest. It's a seafaring tale told in the style of Patrick O'Brian with a formalistic, English approach that sets it clearly in the 19th Century. "The second, Notes on Plain Warfare," is a disquisition on religion as told by a narrator involved in the American-Indian wars. The third, "The Handle and the Hold" is pure Mamet--dialogue driven with no real descriptive narration--between two Jewish tough guys smuggling arms into Palestine just before the Israeli War of Independence. This one snaps, crackles and pops with Mamet-speak. On the whole, the three novellas demonstrate David Mamet's wide range of interests and his enormous talent. A solid five-star rating fromsomeone who enjoys the written word.
Author, Mad Dog House and Love Gone Mad