Favorite book of all time. It's the only book that I've ever described as beautiful. This book, more accurately than anything I've ever read before, cFavorite book of all time. It's the only book that I've ever described as beautiful. This book, more accurately than anything I've ever read before, captures war and the hearts and minds of those fighting....more
It's interesting that a big critique a lot of people give this book is that it's "too ridiculous," and that's why they rate it less stars. But for me,It's interesting that a big critique a lot of people give this book is that it's "too ridiculous," and that's why they rate it less stars. But for me, as a veteran, it's the ridiculous that makes me love this book because I know it's the ridiculous that has more truth and honesty in it than anything else. Every vet I know who's read this book loves it, because in all reality, it paints a pretty accurate portrait of the military and war. Even though people in the military may be brave and courageous they're just still people after all, silly, weird people. And that's war. That's life. Five stars from me, the funniest book I've ever read and one of the few fiction books that I've been able to read several times and enjoy each time....more
Usually I’m reading three or four books at once; as I was reading this one, with two others, this is the one that kept me coming back for more, kept mUsually I’m reading three or four books at once; as I was reading this one, with two others, this is the one that kept me coming back for more, kept me reading into the night. It’s a story of a young couple—a teenage girl in high school and a newly returned Vietnam War veteran—and it takes place in the 60’s.
As a more recent veteran myself, I can say with absolute certainty that the author captured what it’s like to return home from war—doesn’t matter which one we’re talking about either.
What was interesting though, was the soldier’s return from war, was mostly captured from the perspective of the teenage girl. I’ve read a lot of war fiction and this is the first time I’ve read a story of a soldier returning home and read about it from the perspective of someone else, in this instance, a teenage (hopeful) sweetheart of the young returned veteran. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy reading about war, and a veteran’s return home from the voice of a teenage girl as narrator, but I found it surprisingly enlightening. Although we don’t get into the veteran’s head, as we do the girl’s, it was interesting to see his actions (influenced by the war, PTSD, Shell-Shock, Battle Fatigue—whatever they called it back then) and experience them through the female rather than the soldier. I’m glad I finally read a book from that perspective. The writing itself was quick, and paced perfectly, and I found the teenage girl as a great narrator for the story.
Keep in mind, that this story isn’t just about a returned veteran and his high school friend, in fact, that’s just part of the story. This is historical fiction, and it’s in that genre for a reason, the story also takes place/and leads up to an iconic moment in American history. One of the reasons I love historical fiction is because it gives us a different view of history, a more honest, personable view, and it lets us fill in the blanks with our imagination of what happened around those moments.
It was a gratifying, easy read, and if you enjoyed Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime walk, or just historical fiction in general, you’ll definitely enjoy this book...more