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The Yellow Birds

By Kevin Powers


230 pages

What’s it about? Through flashbacks we follow a young man’s journey through the Iraq war.
What did it make me think about? Oh my…  One of my favorite young men just joined the marines and another just finished two tours in Afghanistan.  This story hit too close to home to enjoy.  It made me think of all the men and women who have served in wars throughout history.   How much each one of those soldiers will come home with a story.  I will never be able to fully comprehend the experience of war.  This book helped me see that more clearly.
Should I read it? Kevin Power’s is a poet.  His words are lyrical in a way that totally contrasts with the brutality of the war he is describing.  The pages turned so fast that I was finished with the book before I knew it.  It was difficult to read in that it was so troubling.  I would recommend it.
Quote- “Nothing is more isolating than having a particular history.  At least that’s what I thought.  Now I know: All pain is the same.  Only the details are different.”

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