È con una prospettiva nuova che Brian Van Reet racconta, da reduce, il conflitto armato nella vasta crisi mediorientale, portando il lettore sul campo, accanto ai soldati, a respirarne le illusioni infrante, i compromessi con la coscienza, gli orrori fatti di carne e sangue. La giovanissima Cassandra Wigheard, donna soldato arrivata in Iraq nel 2003 per sfuggire alla desolazione della provincia americana, cade in un’imboscata dei jihadisti e si risveglia in una cella buia e lurida, dove ogni sforzo è volto a sopravvivere ad abusi e atrocità, e dove la prossimità fisica con il nemico riesce a creare relazioni umane molto più complesse di quanto lei avrebbe mai pensato prima di partire. Come Cassandra, il giovane carrista Sleed, il cui pensiero può riassumersi nella massima «ogni scelta è così cruciale che diventa inutile preoccuparsene», e l’egiziano Abu al-Hool, mujaheddin tormentato dal dubbio, rendono concreto, tangibile, terribile il teatro di guerra, facendolo percepire per quello che è: caos.
- ISBN: 8823518253
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 300
In 2003 as American forces have taken over Baghdad a group of American troops is captured and held prisoner by jihadists. The book follows three people's perspectives, Cassandra who is one of the troops that has been captured and is a POW, Sleed who is a crewman and specialist taking advantage of th Leggi tutto
Spoils is both fast-paced and hard to put down. This story covers eight weeks during the early stages of the war in Iraq in 2003. It is written from three points of view, but I mostly connected with young female American soldier, Specialist Cassandra Wigheard and a Jihadist called Abu al-Hool. Be war Leggi tutto
It's 2003 and I'm in Iraq watching while a young female American soldier is captured, an only slightly older male American soldier is elsewhere learning the truth of war, and a seasoned mujahedeen finds his brothers becoming much more radicalised. Oh hang on, no I'm not there. It is a book. It didn't Leggi tutto
**4.5** Stars ––– A GoodReads Win – Highly Recommended I should begin by admitting this. When I was much younger, at the close of every prayer, I asked for the strength to die unafraid. Now, more often, I pray to live righteously. (24) Brian Van Reet has written an exceptional literary novel about th Leggi tutto
A gripping literary novel about jihadism and US the invasion of Iraq. Don't expect an action-packed war novel, this is not that kind of book. Rather, it tells the tale of a female US gunner who is captured along with two of her colleagues, a male US tank crewman who is part of the effort to find and Leggi tutto
One thing abundantly clear is that Van Reet knows what he's talking about when he writes war: he conveys the chaos, the confusion and the visceral nature of combat with a raw and clear-eyed intention. We hear the noise, we see the blood, we smell the fear and the fire. That said, there are signs of l Leggi tutto
Thank you to Netgalley, Random house uk, vintage and Brian Van Reet for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book. You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon
Ich habe dieses Buch zusammen mit Marcus Gärtner (mit Hilfe von Thomas Wiegold von augengeradeaus.net) übersetzt und mag es nach dem Übersetzen immer noch ganz gern. (Das heißt einiges, fragt beliebige Übersetzer oder lest es bei Harry Rowohlt nach). Es hat drei sehr unterschiedliche Erzählperspekti Leggi tutto
Spoils takes readers into the Iraq war, stripping away the facade of accepted views of the enemy and the justification of war to reveal the complicated reality. Debut author Brian Van Reet knows his subject. He left university to enlist in the U. S. Army after the September 11 attacks, serving as a
More book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com . For me, Spoils is a tricky book to write about. There were parts of it I found deeply fascinating and which really hooked me in – mainly the parts where Cassandra is in captivity, which were so disturbing but at the same time incredibly interesting to read a Leggi tutto
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