A Soldier's Story

Book - 2016
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"A book about young men transformed by war, written by a veteran whose dazzling literary gifts gripped my attention from the first page to the last." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Friedman's sober and striking new memoir . . . [is] on a par with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried -- its Israeli analog." -- The New York Times Book Review

It was just one small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that are still felt worldwide today. The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for "casualties." Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the harrowing experience of a band of young Israeli soldiers charged with holding this remote outpost, a task that would change them forever, wound the country in ways large and small, and foreshadow the unwinnable conflicts the United States would soon confront in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Pumpkinflowers is a reckoning by one of those young soldiers now grown into a remarkable writer. Part memoir, part reportage, part history, Friedman's powerful narrative captures the birth of today's chaotic Middle East and the rise of a twenty-first-century type of war in which there is never a clear victor and media images can be as important as the battle itself.

Raw and beautifully rendered, Pumpkinflowers will take its place among classic war narratives by George Orwell, Philip Caputo, and Tim O'Brien. It is an unflinching look at the way we conduct war today.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2016
ISBN: 9781616204587
Branch Call Number: 956.9 Frie
Characteristics: x, 242 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Pumpkin flowers


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JCLDianeH May 08, 2017

Written by someone who experienced firsthand the events described, this book sheds light on a little-known chapter in Israeli military history.

Dec 14, 2016

Beautifully written, sadly poetic look back at events that simultaneously were heroic and trivial; of lives lost and altered in the name of decisions and positions that in the end seem unimportant, but nevertheless profound for those who actually had to be there, on both sides of the barbed wire.

red_horse_2404 Aug 20, 2016

This book was very well written. It was very sad but really described the soldiers lives.


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red_horse_2404 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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