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The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff
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May 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: grown-up-books

"Finally the first sergeant began to talk in a voice that was almost a whisper. It was that soft, but I could hear each word as if her were speaking just to me. He said that a barracks thief was the lowest thing there was. A barracks thief had turned his back on his own kind. He went on like that."

This was such a real book. I swear I could hear the characters breathing as they slept. I could smell them. Sometimes, we escape into fiction, enjoying the romanticism, respecting authors who can create a completely unreal world of characters who would NEVER exist in real life. But that's ok. Escape is good. A book like this one is a perfect example of unromaticism. It reads like an autobiography with three different perspectives. Honest. Vivid. Enthralling. Wow.

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