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The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers
The Yellow Birds
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WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2012NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTAN AMAZON EDITOR'S PICK: BEST BOOKS OF 2012 A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEARA TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARAN INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR A TLS BOOK OF THE YEARAN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEARA SUNDAY EXPRESS BOOK OF... show more
WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2012NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTAN AMAZON EDITOR'S PICK: BEST BOOKS OF 2012 A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEARA TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARAN INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR A TLS BOOK OF THE YEARAN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEARA SUNDAY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEARA GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARA SUNDAY HERALD BOOK OF THE YEARAN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, THE YELLOW BIRDS is already being hailed as a modern classic.Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph.He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely.With THE YELLOW BIRDS, poet and veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival. Written with profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on families at home, THE YELLOW BIRDS is one of the most haunting, true and powerful novels of our time.'THE YELLOW BIRDS is the All Quiet on the Western Front of America's Arab Wars.'(Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities )'Kevin Powers has conjured a poetic and devastating account of war's effect on the individual.'(Damian Lewis, star of Homeland and Band of Brothers )'Inexplicably beautiful'.(Ann Patchett, Orange Prize-winning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder)
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781444765434 (1444765434)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Na piaskach moich snów
Na piaskach moich snów rated it
5.0 Zamykają się nad nim na wieczność
Książkę tę zamawiałam razem ze Zmyślonym życiem Siergieja Nabokowa. Czyli naprawdę dawno. Czytałam ją kilka miesięcy temu, na początku czerwca. Ale tak jak sobie obiecałam - staram się uzupełniać wszelkie recenzje. Można powiedzieć, że wpadłam na genialny pomysł, który wydaje się tak banalny, iż dzi...
Ana V.
Ana V. rated it
4.0 The Yellow Birds: A Novel
As much as I love long, never-ending stories, I also love short bursts of feeling that show you raw and impossible to deny realities. The best material for these kind of explosions are war stories, because their truth is not a very fictional one, you can't make it more romantic. It's painful and bar...
Lektura Specjalna
Lektura Specjalna rated it
4.0 Żółte ptaki
[...] (...) To naprawdę doskonała, autentyczna i mocna powieść wojenna. Nie brakło mi przy niej wzruszeń, choć czułam też pewne napięcie, wynikające z czytania książki tak już utytułowanej; lektura miała coś niecoś z krępującego egzaminu wrażliwości. O ile nie będziemy się drobiazgowo spierać o naze...
Eliot Baker's Dozen
Eliot Baker's Dozen rated it
5.0 A modern war masterpiece
In a word: Perfect. This is more of a poem than a novel, as the words combine and explode in a burst of great color and smell and sound like molecules in an exothermic reaction. I'm in awe of Powers' talent. How could this be someone's first book, written in his late 20s? As a late 30-something writ...
Mike's Reviews
Mike's Reviews rated it
4.5 'The Yellow Birds' by Kevin Powers (2012)
Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (London: Sceptre, 2013), 242pp "Nothing made us special. Not living. Not dying. Not even being ordinary. Still, I like to think there was a ghost of compassion in me then, and that if I'd had a chance to see those hyacinths I would have noticed them." (pg. 14).[Note:...
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