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Powerful novel about the emotional experience of war,
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This review is from: The Yellow Birds (Hardcover)
I bought Yellow Birds because it was well reviewed in The Times and The Guardian. I wasn't disappointed. It's quiet powerful tone conveys the gradual descent of a young recruit to the Iraq war into what psychotherapists would call post traumatic stress and associated depression. There are no concessions to sensitive feelings in what it describes, and yet the language of the novel carries it with quietly powerful prose which frequently rises to great beauty of description - and never description for the sake of it. What is described always contributes to the overall effect and cumulative fower of the novel. I say novel, which it is, but I imagine much of it is at least based on personal experience. Another kindle reviewer has called this a 21st century masterpiece. I agree. Not to be missed by anyone who is interested in war experience and powerful literature.