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Another Bloody Love Letter (Unabridged Audiobook)

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  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook. 12 CDs. edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407423495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407423494
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.6 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,358,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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A raw and unforgiving account of the brutal realities of life as a war reporter

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Format: Hardcover
Anthony Loyd has previously written one of the great modern books on war and conflict with "My War Gone By , I Miss It So". A paean to journalists who cover war and their single minded passion to report on conflict and the extraordinary bravery required to do the job that book centered on the Balkan war in Bosnia and the armed struggle in Chechnya. This follow up is set in Kosovo 13 years later and covers the vicious fighting between the Albanian Muslims and the Serbs though it also takes in incidents around the globe , some of which are so appallingly gruesome and sadistic that they leave you agog with horror.

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.
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The reason I purchased this book was because I listened to Anthony at an informal chat during a Literary weekend in a small village in Ireland and was intrigued to learn more about his experiences. I was really surprised, I don't really know now why because he is first and foremost a war corresponder, but the descriptive passages of his surroundings, interactions with local people, the way of living and the experiences in war zones had me turning pages. I really wanted to get inside his head but felt I didn't quite make it, perhaps because even though war is brutal, I feel Anthony was kind to the reader. However, the book was full of feeling, emotion and making me constantly wonder why on earth there is this "calling" among generations to go to war, in whatever shape or form, and share on the ground details. Even though published in 2007, this book lost none of its impact.
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On reading 'My War Gone by, I Miss it so...' I was left with a complete sense of awe. I felt that I had read something completely new that had expanded my worldly view and provoked thoughts and ideas that I had never considered before. It inspired me to go out and read more war correspondence, initially Michael Herr's 'Dispatches', before returning to this, Loyd's second book. Unfortunatly, I came away feeling that I'd been somewhat cheated.

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.
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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 what you are looking for?' when it is asked of a reporter who's very vocation involves the pursuit of frequently unfathomable human behaviour. Like the photojournalist Don McCullin's autobiography 'Unreasonable Behaviour', Anthony Loyd's book also brilliantly reveals that the more brutal and extreme the acts experienced, the more unbearable life away from the combat zones becomes. His heroin addiction you judge not as a consequence of weakness but as an inevitable form of escape.

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.
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