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Word Of Honour Kindle Edition
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I felt quite wretched at times reading this book, and found it at times quite harrowing, I don't know if this is because I am an older reader, and remember seeing immages of Vietnam War on tv at the time,
I agree the narrative could have been shorter, but that the story needed to be told in (real time). When many young men went to the Vietnam war, they were immature and had not yet lived, some of them never got the chance to live. I think that needs to be taken into consideration when reading this book. I also think that groups of young men at that time, perhaps didn't realise what the consequences of their actions might bring in later life.
2 lessons to be learned here, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and what goes around, comes around.
All in all a great read.
De Mille has written other books that read well and have sold prolifically, but Word of Honour strikes this reader as on an entirely more elevated level. Crucially, it does not take sides. The fact that war dehumanises all those who take part is powerfully made, but in apportioning blame its careful balance challenges the reader to avoid superficial verdicts.
The craftsmanship is admirable, moving between events separated by eighteen years without allowing the tension to relax. And there are memorable characters, not least Vincent Corva, the Jewish civil attorney who pits his poor record against a vengeful military ethos.
As a matter of principle I am not in favour of books that run to 750 pages but in this case there is little surplus fat on the bones. Word of Honour may not be another War and Peace but it would not sit uncomfortably on the same shelf.
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