I have been scouring the web for any type of reading guide for the Jan/Feb reading selection, “My War ~ Killing Time In Iraq” by Colby Buzzell and have had little luck. I did come across a review by Matthew Hill at the University of Maryland as well as a great article from The New York Times called The Hemmingway Effect which discusses the troops turned writers due to their experiences in war. Colby Buzzell himself is now a columnist for Esquire Magazine . He’s got one article titled “The Best Years of Our Lives” which was an interesting read about life after deployment and the Army and looking at life now.
I enjoyed this book and feel that it gave me a little more insight on the experiences going on in Iraq. I liked reading about the day to day stuff that the troops do and the dangers that their lives entail while carrying out the “War on Terror”. I know that it’s been a while since you finished this book but please reiterate your opinion on this book and what you took from it.
I will be posting the new voting poll this weekend for the March/April title so be sure to check back here soon.
3 thoughts on “My War…”
I am still trying to finish; I am about 65% of the way through. I too enjoyed getting insight into the daily workings of life in Iraq. One thing that struck me was how I am ready to be finished reading this; a sentiment that was echoed in several reviews I read on other blogs. It seemed to echo the way the war is covered in the United States and some folks reaction— just like some of us skip over parts of the book– I think some people skip over the news of casualities in Iraq. Also, I noticed that at first the chapters were very short. As the book goes on, the chapters get longer and more detailed. The author’s tone also changes to tell us that he is ready to be finished.
I am glad to hear that he got a job as a columnist.
I’m glad I read this book, also. And Beastmomma is right that the tone changes as the book progresses which I don’t think I realized as I was reading it but now with time away from it, yes. I look forward to reading the article you mention.
I FINALLY finished reading this and posted my review. Even if I am behind, at least I am persistent!