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Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
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Dec 12, 08

Read in December, 2008

This is the book that serves as the basis for Spike Lee's new movie due out this fall. It follows the lives of black soldiers during WWII and I love war stories! Something about the rawness of emotion and the humanity that manages to survive in people is so moving.

McBride is a gifted author beautifully illuminating the inner workings of his characters through all the tools of the craft. Each character's dialect rings true unique to their personality and motives. The sweet southern slang of the soldiers replete with wit and insight is worth the read alone. However, this tome can be an odd read at times. He begins each new setting with a surreal start; chocolate giants, invisibility, witches and ghost towns only to weave a bitter reality back into the narrative and bring the bits of fantastic oddity into focus. The story centers around a small band of African American soldiers who suffer the indignities of segregation while serving in the military. The find themselves separated from the unit due to the rescue of a little Italian boy who is the walking literary embodiment of all the ideologies of war. The story goes on to chronicle the heroic acts of all and redefine the expected interpretation of a miracle. Worth the read.

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