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From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry
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Feb 23, 12

Read from February 11 to 23, 2012

I read this book out of curiosity because the author is a friend of a friend (though I have not met the author personally). I approached it with no expectations, reading no prior reviews, watching only a promotional video. The book was certainly funny, but it was also very sad, particularly in the way it ended. It was lighthearted for the majority of the book, even in spite of the circumstances it conveyed, and then abruptly, it all shifted. I guess this approach makes sense, considering that's how I expect one's life would be affected were they suddenly unlawfully detained, all their life's plans destroyed.

Still, the book didn't feel whole to me; it felt a bit disjointed; there was little connection for me between the absurd premise of a budding fashion designer and the moment when he is caught in the crossfire of terrorism paranoia. The political statement(s) of the text, while powerful, felt like an endnote that provided little closure to the story. I was left with the sensation that the book was of two parts: Boy the designer, and the aftermath. I loved reading it; Gilvarry has a wonderful, quippy writing style peppered with many references, however, it just didn't all hold together for me.

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02/11/2012 page 52
17.0% "A little weird so far, but it's got my attention."
62.0% "Must read faster! 185/302"
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