Another Bloody Love Letter (Unabridged Audiobook)
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The best guide through today's wars working in the English language. --The Telegraph
A vivid, hugely compelling memoir. --The Mail on Sunday
A raw and unforgiving account of the brutal realities of life as a war reporter
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This is so much more than a simple recounting of what happened in that conflict and Loyd,s eyewitness accounts . There are some incredibly poignant passages about Loyd,s mentor Kurt -a co-reporter in Kosovo but who is eventually killed in an ambush in Sierra Leone and in one sense this book is a goodbye to him. Loyd is also brutally honest about his own warped appetites - his constant thirst for war reportage and the more worrying one for crack and heroin , which is maybe a direct consequence of his chosen profession. Like war itself the book is a bit of a bloody mess . Loyds prose is sometime so purple and vivid it leaves the reader as dazed as a rifle butt to the head . And he doesn't seem able to make his mind where he stands on the Serbs .He slates them as amoral bloodthirsty racist murderers and advocates NATO bombing of them and putting ground troops into Kosovo yet when this is done he slates them for failing to prevent Muslims taking their revenge on their Serb oppressors. Unbelievably he was also a supporter of the invasion of Iraq, though he is candid enough to admit his error on that score.Read more ›
There is no doubt that this book contains interesting accounts of Loyd's journalistic escapades and brushes with death, however the vast majority of the book feels like edited out pieces of his first book. If you were to read both book simultaneously you would struggle to identify from which book which story came because, apart from a few additions, both books recall tales from the same periods, places, personal struggles, family relationships and many other things. The only real addition to 'Another Bloody Love Letter' other than some more up-to-date war correspondence, is a regular recollection of shared events with Loyd's fellow journalist Kurt, to whom this book generally serves a memorial to.
Yet, on saying that the two books are very similarly matched, I do feel that the writing in this book is somewhat more forced. In 'My War gone by...' I genuinely connected with the fear that being on a front line being overrun by an enemy was like, understood Loyd's shock at some of the sights he witnessed. However, in this account, the strongest sentiment that I felt was an undercurrent of angst and despair at losing a friend as opposed to the war correspondence.Read more ›
Loyd pulls us in to a series of messy, modern conflicts without winners and losers, where the shattering effect of war breaks minds as readily as bodies, the audience as easily as the cast. It is interesting that the richest language is reserved to portray the natural beauty of the varying terrains surrounding the sites where sickeningly ugly acts are taking place. As shooting after massacre after atrocity is laid bare before you in a dizzying barrage of prose, you come to yearn for these Attenborough-esque portraits of the globe so that you can share in the same release that they must have provided at the time for the writer.
By far the strongest thread that pulls you through the book is Loyd's relationship with his fellow war reporter and mentor Kurt Schork. You feel the energy and vitality of a maverick odd couple who are ripped straight out of a buddy movie, cracking jokes and saving each other's skins as they cross ever more dangerous lines.Read more ›
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I'm out of words to describe this book. Simply a jewel. A masterpiece of war journalism, written by an exceptionally gifted and sensitive writer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gilles Nicolet
I loved my war gone by I miss it so but I rate this slightly lower but that said its still worth a read.Published 21 months ago by Mr flibble
I don't think the book I ordered was in 'Very Good' condition. It was used in a library, so it was pretty much stamped all over, it had a few stickers, and its condition was... Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by Rickard Strandberg
Well worth a read. Having read tens of conflict reporters memoirs, this stands up well against them all. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by Adam Monaghan
This memoir by former soldier and freelance journalist Anthony Loyd is both exciting and harrowing as he takes us with him on a journey through Kosovo, Sierre Leonne, Afghanistan,... Read morePublished on 22 May 2008 by Amazon Customer
Anthony Loyd is one of Britain's leading war correspondents. He served in the army in the first Gulf War, subsequently dropping out and becoming a freelance war correspondent. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2007 by Allan Gordon
What separates 'Another Bloody Love Letter' from almost any other war memoir I have read, is that it perfectly captures the impossibility of answering the question 'did you get... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2007 by Mark Steel