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The Human War

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Product details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905005466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905005468
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Essential reading... If you can't relate to The Human War, it's likely you're not human.' BJ Lisko, Pulse

About the Author

Noah Cicero lives in Youngstown, Ohio. He has a book published called The Human War off Fugue State Press. He is a member of The ULA. He has short stories and poems published at Retort, Black Ice, Lit Vision, and many more places. His favorite activities are eating ribs and going to bikini bars.

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There's a short story by Bukowski about a young man he went to school with who wants to encourage everyone to be Nazis. Buk feels sorry for him and decides he'll be a Nazi too, just because everyone is picking on him. It's a great story as the writer really twists with your sympathy. If you're reading a Buk story then it's because you love him. Yet, Buk wants to be a Nazi?

I've started there because the cleverest thing about this novella is the way it captures that sense of twisted emotion. The logical conclusion becomes the ultimate contradiction. I hope I can explain...

As an outsider he hates people, yet instinctively knows that war is wrong. He is driven to do something but cynical of the power of protest and never really convincing as a right wing hawk he directs his energy into the only thing he knows...sex, booze and barfly banter.

We are the post-post-war generation and have experienced suffering only through TV and the movies. Baudrillard is never mentioned in the text but he is there in spirit.

The theme of the powerless individual resonates throughout the book with the inescapable and nihilistic sense that all is hopeless. Sometimes this is well done with the strip club scene becoming a larger metaphor for dumb animal behaviour but in other places (thinking about war and then just happens to bump into an ex-soldier who moved into the woods.

It's obvious that Cicero is hugely influenced by Bukowski; the dialogue, at its worst, stinks of 2nd rate Buk. But that's not to say there's nothing interesting here.

I'd recommend this book on the strength of the second story DOOMED which is a nicely observed piece.
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I read The Human War very quickly and then immediately read it again.

It made me feel very excited and nervous. It made me feel like the main character.

The main character seems out of control in a very identifiable, real way. His reactions to events that happen throughout the course of the novel seem very authentic, and are compelling to read about.

I love this book very much and recommend it to everyone.
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Cicero's style is brilliant. The Human War is weird, funny and disturbing and makes you want to read a lot more of Cicero's work after closing the book.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Human War 13 May 2013
By Caleb Bouchard - Published on Amazon.com
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The Human War by Noah Cicero was a very absorbing book, one of the books you want to savor but can't tear yourself away from. The title story, "The Human War" is about an American named Mark as he spends his night in Youngstown, Ohio thinking and talking to people about the Iraq War, which is expected to start at midnight. He talks with his family, his girlfriend, a Vietnam vet/pacifist, his friend Jimmy and others. Very philosophical and visceral. Lots of dialogue and deep thoughts on war, sex, violence, civilization and being human. Funny, too. Absurd. The other two stories, "The Doomed" and "Little Flowers" hold up as well.
I read this book in less than 2 days, which is fast for my standards. Reminded me of Samuel Beckett and Sam Pink and Tao Lin and James Frey. If you like these authors this book is definitely worth checking out.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 21 Aug. 2013
By Benjamin Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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This is is a great book. It is funny and insightful. The minimalist style really makes it a quick read. i highly recommend everybody read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lindah Squeeze Me 28 Jan. 2009
By Pius Gone - Published on Amazon.com
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If you think sentences--single sentences. You know the type: unmarried, lonesome, etc-- describe a particular aspect of the core of your being, then you're in luck because Cicero delves right into the problem of trying to get you to disagree with yourself in that those sentences really hate you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars too much self-righteous 25 Feb. 2013
By Derya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book seemed to me kind of coming of age book, when you first realize in your 20's that there are bad things in the world and you can do nothing to stop them, you feel helpless and you must keep living normally one way or another.
I really liked the conversational style with various people who have very different backgrounds and have different relationships with the author.

The problem and the huge turn off for me was the author wishes that he wasn't so "smart" and hadn't read so many books so he wouldn't think too much. He categorizes the people as "stupid" when they have different opinion than his own. Normally it would be OK but he talks about this too much all over the book.

Overall, this book may be worthwhile for the people who are in their beginning of the 20's.

Otherwise, it was a waste of time for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSURDITY... 16 July 2014
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What I love about Noah Cicero is that he's concise, yet brilliant, squeezing so much into so little a volume! THE HUMAN WAR is a wonderful example of insane, thought-provoking brevity. The title story concerns Mark Swift and his dull existence in Youngstown, Ohio. It also contains insightful thoughts about war, politics, human nature, and religion. THE DOOMED is about the residents of a mental ward, and their discussions about life. LITTLE FLOWERS is the short-short tale of a college kid on his way to see America, and all of his thoughts and fears. The whole book is packed w/ philosophical madness, perversion, and hilarity. It took about an hour to read through the whole tome! Start now...
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