Tuesday, February 4, 2014
One Book One Community Selection??
By: Kevin Powers
Genre: Adult fiction
2 out of 5
This novel reads more like nonfiction (my favorite aspect) as Private Bartle (21 years old) retells his experience in Iraq. The basis of the story is his friendship and death of friend Private Murphy (18 years old) during the war; interspersed with Bartle’s life after the war. I was hoping and expecting more exciting details of his time in Iraq and the war, instead I felt it was drawn out and repeated Bartle’s experiences in different words throughout each chapter. Also the characters felt distant from the readers; however Powers writes well for the readers’ enhancement of imagery on the war. So if you enjoy description of surroundings and plot versus character development you may love this book.
NOTE: Without ruining the end of novel, something happens that I have no idea what lead to it. I may have just missed it, but I found it Very Frustrating!