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Peace by Richard Bausch
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Sep 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: the-greatest-generation
Read from September 27 to October 02, 2011

A superb, and near perfect ,"Peace: a novel” is a tale of three U.S Soilders set upon a hill in Italy during World War Two, along with an old Italin villager who is to be their guide. The Three Soilders sent are all different and their characters well written by Richard Bausch. The climb is not easy in freezing relentless rain then unforgiving snow. Their Italian guide speaks little English and his motives are unclear. Higher up the hill they come arcoss horros of war and their wills are tested. The main character Corp Marson remebers befiending a young Italin boy named Mario when his platoon frist gets to Italy as he and his men push up the hill, their friendship is as moving as any in fiction. The novel builds to an exiting pluse pounding show down between a sniper in the end. Throughout Peace, Richard Bausch asks the question of what the difference between killing a man in combat to survive or murdering someone because of being on edge when killing wasn’t the only option. War is horrible and men all act different during life and death situations. Is Killing ever justifiable, how does war change men and can men do the right thing in combat? Bausch tenderly examines these questions. “Peace" is a novel better written then most in a straight forward manner that stays with the reader long after the final page.
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