The Yellow Birds
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A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.
"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.
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 from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.
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 that is destined to become a classic.
From Publishers Weekly
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I was left speechless. One of the finest writers to come along in a long while. Kevin Powers is inspiring. I love his use of words.
The book is, by turns, horrifying and beautiful. A decidedly anti-Hollywood take on the portrayal of war that is nevertheless sweeping in emotional scope and vividly drawn. I highly recommend it to readers.
Powerful and haunting
The author's beautiful, exceptionally moving use of language, his modicum of words, and his fluency of expression make this a stunning debut as well as a powerful statement about both the coming of age of a young soldier and a testament to the brutality of war...in this case, the Iraq war. I dare you to read this and not be emotionally involved.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Sep 11, 2012
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 240 Pages
- Language: English