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And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

I was recommended to read this by my mentor back when I was an intern to help me understand my patients, but I didn't get around to it until just recently. I wish I had read it earlier. It's a good description of events leading up to the author's psychological break under the pressures of combat. I'm guessing he may have suffered from traumatic amnesia when everything finally became too much for him, that's why the book ends as abruptly as it does. And I thought that was an effective way to convey the suddenness of the onset of the break, the end result of the accumulated agony of many blows. The water in his glass of courage simply ran out.
I was reminded, while reading this memoir, of a line from Wilfred Owen's poem, "Strange Meeting": Foreheads of men have bled where no wounds were. If you want to know how that happens--and it does, it truly does--read this book.

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