The Watch, a new novel by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, is an interesting story of war and conflict told from multiple perspectives. It starts out with the story of a disabled girl who has her entire family to bombing in Afghanistan, who takes a long journey to retrieve the body of her brother, who was recently killed leading an assault on a base in Kandahar. She camps outside the base for days waiting for the soldiers to release the body for burial, which they have orders not to do. This story interweaves with other stories of the soldiers on the base, with a realistic portrayal of life in a combat zone, and how the war affects them and their loved ones when they return home. This is an interesting and non-judgmental portrayal of a story set in the Afghanistan conflict with subtle implications for other periods of history and mythology. I recommend it highly.
Originally posted here
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