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Redeployment - Phil Klay
Redeployment
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Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in... show more
Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died."  In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened.  A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both.  A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel.  And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball.  These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.  Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.  Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594204999 (1594204993)
ASIN: 1594204993
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
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Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 War Is Not For Sissies; It Is For Brave Patriots!
With a dozen short stories, the author accurately describes the effects of war with all its ramifications. Touching on Viet Nam and Afghanistan, it concentrates on Iraq, covering the corruption and hypocrisy of those in charge as well as the honor and bravery of the soldiers following their orders. ...
Nicole~
Nicole~ rated it
5.0 Redeployment by Phil Klay
Veteran's Day- November 11th To all our War Veterans: with tremendous appreciation and pride, a heartfelt Thank You for your bravery and steely character not just on the battlefield, but in resuming Life after it. There are two ways to tell the story. Funny or sad. Guys like it funny, with lots of g...
BookFlap
BookFlap rated it
4.0 Out of the Frying Pan, Into The Fire
If you ever wanted proof that war doesn't make sense, here it is. Phil Klay's short stories from the trenches of the Iraq war show that no matter how you look at it, war is hell. He's been there, so he knows, but this isn't only Klay's story. Drawn from his own experience and interviews with oth...
Yakmum
Yakmum rated it
2.0 Redeployment
This is not a young adult read, I'm not sure how I feel a put this collection of short stories. They are very graphic but I don't know how accurately they depict the wars. I found it hard to relate. Maybe that is what I am supposed to feel. I had hopedto use this as a companion piece for you know w...
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