1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2012
If you're a great fan of short stories and you'd like to be taken on a realistic yet emotional journey then 'The War Tour' will make an amazing addition to your book collection. I stumbled across Zoe Lambert's work only recently and her work is so inspirational and shows great insight into how different people are affected by the different aspects of war. 'From Kandahar is my favourite,' because I'm taken away from a world I know so much about then I'm dropped into a completely different world, which i knew nothing about... Fantastic writer... Fantastic stories and a real eye opener...
I'd recommend this book to all...
on 18 February 2012
Good book, good stories. I'd recommend for anyone who's interested in the stories of people dealing with the consequences of conflict and surviving in warzones. There are some pretty impressive ones here; my favorites were 33 Bullets, Her Blue Shadow, My Sangar and When the Truck Came. There are connections between and nuances in the stories that make them all worth re-reading, and the collection as a whole feels like a coherent and substantial effort to depict the lives of people who have endured the situations that war and conflict create and sustain truthfully and realistically. Worth a look for anyone interested in thoughtful, realistic short stories and reportage.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2012
These stories are well-written, thought-provoking, and devastating in a mix of ways. Some are hard hitting, like 'When the Truck Came' a story about some boys in the DRC who are kidnapped and trained to be child soldiers. There are stories which give a low-key and eye-opening personal but political commentary on how the asylum seekers are treated by the countries they seek refuge in, like 33 Bullets, a story of a failed asylum seeker in detention in the UK. There are stories about 'war tourists', survivors of war, soldiers, and those impacted on by war, however far or distantly this might be, and there are a few really interesting historical stories focused on real people. It probably seems a little depressing to read a book about war, but to be honest, these stories are insightful, clearly well-researched by the writer, and offer hope as well as exploring the dark horrible edges of wars. The treatment of war is not gratuitous or over-done, in fact there is a lot of thought and respect given to these characters. I guess we all have our own experiences of war, whether they be directly, or through friends or family who have experienced war first hand, so there is a lot to identify with, and these stories left me thinking a long time after I read them. Definitely recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
Comma Press is the bees knees for short stories and it's great to see them publishing more stuff by women these days. These stories are brilliant, everything you would expect from first class short fiction.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2012
The stories in The War Tour are charged with a quiet intensity - worlds that unfurl and ensconce themselves in your mind, lingering long after reading. Hewn from a palette rich in location, culture and voice, the collection lays testament to humans' ability to both wreak devastation and to be capable of immense compassion and love. Lambert's skill is to bestow her characters - the dispossessed, the exiled, even the complicit - with an emotional resonance that's both affecting and disturbing. And as with the best collections, these stories speak to themselves, an intertextuality of theme and poignancy, the whole somehow greater than the sum of its parts. Never didactic, the power to interpret, to engender meaning, is handed firmly over to the reader, whilst the often silent and unseen victims of the echoes and ravages of war are given a voice. The War Tour shows us not only what the short story can do, but also why it matters.