There was so much repetition and needless detail, it seemed like Hillenbrand thought she was being paid by the word. The writing was very prosaic, almost like a ninth-grader's history term-paper. It lacked both passion and depth. If you want to learn a little something about history, it's a serviceable account of one man's war experience. If you want a great and moving story, look elsewhere.
Jonathan Franzen is by far the best contemporary writer on the planet and this work demonstrates that in spades. A work of utter genius, this novel is not to be missed. The story, the language, the emotion it evokes -- this is what novels are all about!!!
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