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Is any conflict ever "minor" ?,
This review is from: Small Wars (Paperback)
In opting to address the Cyprus Problem and some of the events that led up to the Nicosia shootings from this perspective, the author has made a brave and refreshing choice. Deeply insightful into the experiences, bonding rituals and personal isolation of service families stationed abroad, ths book goes straight to the core with its honesty. Introducing Hal, the career soldier and the conscript Davis, the author peels away the sharply contrasting outer layers of these two apparently very different men, to reveal the same inner struggle between duty, (whether self imposed, or imposed by others) and the desire to operate free will. Their contrasting personal reflections on boyhood games and the quiet of university life are equally heart-tugging as each soldier struggles to remember who he really is. Clara, bringing her baby daughters to a hostile world not of her own choosing, with her efforts to make the best of things and not compain, is highly evocotive of the lot of the service wife. The end of the book is a work of art. Appearing to meander toward its close it suddenly builds to a final climax which ought to jerk the reader back to the edge of their seat. This story is so well written and so readable that only when you have finished reading will you fully realise how good this book is.