My father was a veteran of WWI and he spoke about the war frequently. He spoke about the lighter side of the war like the war against mud in trying to move heavy artillery with the constant rains and horses struggling against the mud. He talked about the constant war against lice and the horrible food, i.e., corned beef, the constant meal.
But I know the war damaged my father and was part of his constant solace of alcohol and his seeming isolation from all around him for his lifetime.
This book echoes my father's demons and the narrator is perfect. It is a truthful picture of the damage that war produces in the men who fight them and the ghosts of terror they live with the rest of their lives. I especially liked the connection between all of us being participants in the terror of the war when we are silent about the stupidity of solving problems with killing. Nothing is ever solved, only more killing in the future is guaranteed as historians showed how WWI absolutely required WWII. What war will the war on terror bring us?
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