There's no bias to one side or another, just the perception of the soldier. It really is that simple. I don't read war books that often or, I guess, ever, lol. Justin was about to go into a Man vs Man conflict. Eighteen-year-old Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an Army hospital in Iraq where he is awarded the Purple Heart less than 24 hours after suffering a traumatic head injury. As events of the attack begin to come back to him, he realizes he may have been responsible for something terrible. Even Matt mentions the insanity of it all when he gets a letter from his girlfriend where she talks about such inconsequential things like tests in school while he reads it in a battlefield.
Too soon he watches more friends die, and the next mission he goes on leads to a life-and-death decision: can he pull the trigger to save his last remaining buddy? No, I mean, are we in Baghdad? The setting has a huge impact on the book, It can usually change a character forever. The family members left behind are the heroes. The events leading to the current wars are like the falling of the Berlin wall to myself. Everything is different and he is changed. I felt tugged and confused and hurt when reading, which was going through him the whole time. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. The relationships between everyone are clearly defined and the interactions are written realistically.
Aiming, pulling the trigger, and killing a little boy. . I just didn't connect with Purple Heart. After reading it I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes war stories. Matt returns to the squad, and they leave. This book could hardly be called a novel.
One pair of shoes caught my eye. When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. Matt had heard that the biggest, bravest, most badass guys in the army often burst into tears when that medal was pinned on their chests. Brody also tells him that it was a shortage of officer that when the event occurred. What was really interesting, was how during a very intense treatment program in New Mexico, the wives let go and expressed the depth of their anger, despair, love, fear and so on.
Patricia McCormick shares the life of an American soldier in Iraq. In reality this book can relate to others or even just to learn about another person's life and how they went through it from their perspective. A kid who liked Skittles and American slang. Something has changed inside Matt too, and he thinks it has to do more with the injury. It was dusk, he decided. Matt knew it from his days as an altar boy. Its really interesting how they have the main character, Matt, get hurt in one of the first chapters of the book.
It is also there that the young Iraqi boy Matt knows was shot and killed. National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace. Which made the book harder to read. He does take time to understand things. Stories from home about bio tests and dances feel so afar away from the streets they walk every day with possible threats and danger around every corner. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together. If you've never listened to Sleeping At Last, I'd recommend listening to them.
The character, Matt, in this book shares his story of a similar situation. I have read two others of her books, and have been knocked sideways by her ability to put the reader into the heart of a difficult story. I wished I could have interviewed her, but she is very busy. And, thank you for the glowing remarks about relating books to real life. It had a very interesting plot and you really got to know the characters and what they were feeling as they are risking their lives in Iraq, how their unit became their family.
He also recalls that Ali would have to have been shot from that window judging by the angle at which his body fell. And, she does a lot of school visits. Did he really shoot and I don't like reading books about war, but I feel it's my social responsibilty to try and understand what young men and women go through in these situations. I will remember Matt's story. There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Her skin was dark as blue velvet and her hair was pulled up into two bunches on the top of her head. Purple Heart starts with Private Matt Duffy, an 18-year old Audible Review 2 stars.