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Well Written and Thoughtful Book About the Iraq War
on 13 June 2016
I found this book tricky. It is well written, the characters, particularly that of Billy Lynn, the protagonist are well drawn and believable. The story line is interesting, and the book is both clever and thought provoking. It has a lot to say about attitudes towards the war and the military and America's involvement in Iraq. It is clearly able to take its place alongside other classics of the war such as Slaughterhouse Five and Catch Twenty Two. Despite all this I couldn't really warm to the book. It is, I am sure, my own fault and nothing to do with the book at all. I just found this very easy to put down and fairly hard to pick up again. Having said that, I persevered to the end, but I can't say it was a total pleasure to read.