[The Yellow Birds] PDF/EBOOK

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review The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds Free download ¼ 0 Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Kevin Powers With profound emotional insight especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel about the costs of war that is destined to become a classicThe war tried to kill us in the spring begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss In Al Tafar Ira twenty one. Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds is a powerful novel which centers on a soldier fighting in the Irai War and what awaits him when he returns to civilian life in Virginia Powers opening lines The war tried to kill us in the spring exemplifies how difficult it is for soldiers to figure out where they fit into the dying going on around them It wasn t other soldiers or countries or their leaders or politicians it was the war that tried to kill them Thus begins a poetic and brutal account of how war leaves all of us scarred Fate is a central theme Whether soldiers have any control of their fate comes down to whether they are individuals or numbers according to the order in which they arewill be killed The idea that they are a number detaches them from the horror and fear of the war around them In effect they are already dead They might as well relax and wait for the bullet that is fated to kill them They don t want to believe this however they can t fully believe that they are in control either This sense of powerlessness is echoed in other war novels like Erich Maria Remarue s All uiet on the Western Front The other novel which I kept thinking about while reading The Yellow Birds was Leslie Marmon Silko s Ceremony Silko s protagonist Tayo comes back from WWII and needs to be healed Powers protagonist Bartle returns from the Ira War in desperate need of healing however there is no ceremony to heal Bartle from a war which has alienated him from everything he knew Aside I met and introduced Kevin Powers at an author event in Wyoming in April He talked about his transition from soldier to writer why he wanted to recount his experience of the war in fiction and his approach to writing He was super nice great to meet him I highly recommend The Yellow Birds I believe Powers has a great career ahead of him

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The Yellow Birds

review The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds Free download ¼ 0 Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Kevin Powers Year old Private Bartle and eighteen year old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city In the endless days that follow the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side the insurgents physical fatigue and the mental stress that comes fr. The Yellow Birds wins the 2012 Guardian First Book Award Review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudThe 2017 film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Bartle gets a solid 4 stars of five from me and is available free to Prime members

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review The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds Free download ¼ 0 Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Kevin Powers Om constant danger Bound together since basic training when their tough as nails Sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible action. The first lines of Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds announces that it intends to be a classic war novel to be placed on the shelf somewhere between All uiet on the Western Front and The Things They Carried The war tried to kill us in the spring As grass greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed we patrolled low slung hills beyond the cities and towns We moved over them and through the tall grass on faith kneading paths into the windswept growth like pioneers While we slept the war rubbed its thousand ribs against the ground in prayer The first couple pages are like this Pungent and beautiful and filled with vivid scenery and metaphor Its excellence is almost exhausting and you wonder how Powers can sustain it The short answer is that he cannot In the end for me at least Powers obvious authorial talents cannot mask a rather hidebound plot and wafer thin characters It is a good book but certainly not the timeless classic that is being peddled The most pertinent and obvious thing to say about The Yellow Birds is that it is about the Ira War written by a veteran who served as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar This is worth mentioning because that war is still a recent and polarizing event Have an opinion and you are likely to get a disproportionate response At the very least The Yellow Birds is interesting because it is on the vanguard of our literary grappling with the war There are still novels published making sense of Vietnam if that serves as any indication there are countless permutations of the Ira War novel ahead of usPowers vehicle for telling his story is as old as war the platoon narrative Young Private Bartle the novel s first person and first person plural narrator goes to war with younger Private Murphy who Bartle has pledged to protect They are watched over by tough yet caring yet deadly Sergeant Sterling who seems to have walked in from every other war novel ever written These three along with the rest of the mostly nameless faceless unit is engaged in the battle of Al Tafar Complex characterizations are not on this novel s mind From the very beginning we learn that Private Bartle is unable to save Private Murphy who s death is foretold but not explained The gradually unfolding circumstances of Murphy s death along with the attendant conseuences for Bartle and Sterling serve as the novel s animating mystery This creates tension of course but also results in infuriatingly elliptical prose I have found myself growing and frustrated with authors who withhold information for no reason save a manufactured mystery If you want to surprise me don t tell me Murphy dies in the first couple of pages If you do tell me that Murphy dies that s fine but your book needs to be than vague allusions until the actual third act climax To further facilitate the secrecy surrounding Murphy s demise Powers employs a fractured narrative structure For example the first three chapters occur successively in September 2004 in Al Tafar Ira flashes back to December 2003 for basic training at Fort Dix and then jumps forward to March 2005 to Germany where Bartle and Sterling stop en route to America The structuring itself does not cause any confusion This is not one of those literary works that attempts to elide time and space through overwrought stream of conscious prose I recently read a book like that and it irritated me I m processing my irritation right now as you can see Instead each of these temporal shifts are clearly datelined The jumbling of the chronology is meant to hide the ball with regards to the details of Murphy s fate I found it a useless adornment I know that fractured narratives are all the rage but they re becoming tiresome when they serve no deeper overarching purpose than to veil plot points Ira along with Vietnam is America s most controversial war Thus it s not surprising that The Yellow Birds conveys a message Powers chooses to focus on the disconnect between soldiers and civilians In one memorable scene a stateside Private Bartles refuses to let a patriotic bartender buy his drinks Later in a mirror twinning of the novel s opening lines Powers writes Then it was spring again in all the spoiled cities of America The dark thaw of winter fumbled toward its end and passed I smelled it reeking through my window during that seventh April of the warOn the plane ride home a cynical Bartle notesThe pilot made an announcement when all the passengers had taken their seats Said how honored he was to be giving an American hero a ride home Fuck it I thought I got four free Jack and Cokes out of the deal and a little extra legroomAs a critiue I found this lacking It s an observation than a judgment Of course there s disconnect between soldiers and civilians That has been true since Sumer and Elam first clashed in Mesopotamia It s clear to me or at least it seemed to be what Powers is hinting at with these scenes However he never finishes his thought His book is apolitical There are no real mentions of the machinations that brought America into Ira This is not necessarily necessary But without that background Powers scrutiny of the warriornon warrior chasm spins into obviousness It begs further exploration What is he trying to say about this gulf Were Americans hypocrites for supporting a war they knew they wouldn t have to fight personally Do we need a draft to spread the risk How do democracies decide on wars of choice verses wars of necessity The narrative implicitly raises these uestions but does not bother to grapple with them All this is not to say that The Yellow Birds is not a good book It is a good book It is not a great book This novel comes freighted with expectations It was a National Book Award Finalist It has the reuired comparisons to other acknowledged classics of the genre I don t think it s demeaning to mention that it does not clear the high bar others have set for it The prose alone makes this book worth a read It is poetic and brilliant and I could spend pages simply excerpting exceptional lines You can open a page at random and read something gripping There is a scene for instance where a mortar attack kills a medic on base Bartle and Murphy carry her bodyWe walked her past a copse of alder and willow that bowed in the heat of the small fires burning nearby their old branches lamenting her laid out as she was on that makeshift litter Our hands began to cramp with each passing step each taken with whatever reverence we could muster clutching at the edges of the boards Thin splinters roughed the flats of our palms as we walked Listing in concert with our deliberate footsteps the gentle curves of her body swayed beneath her torn clothes The boards creaked A small number of boys out on a head count stopped and turned toward us A pale review as her body ascended the gently sloping hill fringed by the bleached and spotted patterns of their uniforms We conducted her pall in earnest up the remainder of the hill At the top we lowered her to the ground and set her under a tree on the tied together boards her body now translucent and blue tinted One of the soldiers alerted the medics and we watched them as they came to her Her friends grabbed her and enveloped her in hugs and kisses She rolled absently in their loving arms and they cried out beneath the setting sunThe sun set like a clot of blood on the horizon A small fire had spread from the crumbling chapel igniting the copse of tamarisk trees And all the little embers burned like lamps to light my wayFor me this wonderful prose that nicely transitions between lofty description and dirty grunt level detail is wasted in servicing a utilitarian plot and thinly drawn characters I craved substance The Yellow Birds will have its place in the firmament Not in the all time pantheon of war novels perhaps but in the growing canon of fictional explorations of the Ira War


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    review The Yellow Birds [The Yellow Birds] PDF/EBOOK Kevin Powers À 0 review I've put off writing this review for a few days now while I mulled the book over because something in it just didn't work for me And this indeed is a conundrum because this novel should have been tailor made for me Generally speaking

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    [The Yellow Birds] PDF/EBOOK The Yellow Birds wins the 2012 Guardian First Book Award Review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudThe 2017 film stars Alden Ehr

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    [The Yellow Birds] PDF/EBOOK Let me tell you right now that this book is going to hurt The suffering the Irai War veterans endure in this book will touch a raw spot in you that you might prefer not to experience You will probably like me have a lump in your throat and teary eyes most of the time when reading this excellent first novel by Kevin Powers 5 stars a

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    review The Yellow Birds Kevin Powers À 0 review Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Kevin Powers As a chaplain in a VA hospital I don't meet many former warriors who consider themselves heroes nor many who think that war is necessary There is nothing romantic or beautiful about it Some will speak broadly of their experience but only a few will talk about its horror And so I turn to literature to help me understand I t

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    Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Kevin Powers Kevin Powers À 0 review review The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds is a fictionalised account of a young American soldier’s experiences while on a tour of duty in Ira in 2004 That this book has been published and is getting a wide readership is important because any and every account in whatever medium which underlines the absurdity of war is needed urgently until the sending out of young men to fight senseless wars becomes a thing of the past  Powers was

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    [The Yellow Birds] PDF/EBOOK My dad was a cold warrior serving in the Air Force from before my birth to well into my adult years Part of that time was spent serving in Vietnam and Thailand and yes there was combat in Thailand at the time where he was a radio operator wh

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  • Hardcover
  • 226
  • The Yellow Birds
  • Kevin Powers
  • English
  • 01 October 2020
  • 9780316219365