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The Resource Anatomy of a soldier, Harry Parker

Anatomy of a soldier, Harry Parker

Label
Anatomy of a soldier
Title
Anatomy of a soldier
Statement of responsibility
Harry Parker
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Anatomy of a Soldier is a stunning first novel - of patriotism, heroism, and profound humanism - that will immediately take its place on the shelf of classics about what it truly means to be at war. Let's imagine a man called Captain Tom Barnes, aka BA5799, who's leading British troops in the war zone. And two boys growing up together there, sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites before finding themselves estranged once foreign soldiers appear in their countryside. And then there's the man who trains one of them to fight against the other's father and all these infidel invaders. Then imagine the family and friends who radiate out from these lives, people on all sides of this conflict where virtually everyone is caught up in the middle of something unthinkable. But then regard them not as they see themselves but as all the objects surrounding them do: shoes and boots, a helmet, a bag of fertilizer, a medal, a beer glass, a snowflake, dog tags, and a horrific improvised explosive device that binds them all together by blowing one of them apart - forty-five different narrators in all, including the multiple medical implements subsequently required to keep Captain Barnes alive. The result is a novel that reveals not only an author with a striking literary talent and intelligence but also the lives of people - whether husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter - who are part of this same heart-stopping journey. A work of extraordinary humanity and hope, created out of something hopeless and dehumanizing, it makes art out of pain and suffering and takes its place in a long and rich line of novels that articulate the lives that soldiers lead. In the boom of an instant, and in decades of very different lives and experiences, we see things we've never understood so clearly before
Summary
In this unusual and compelling war story, each chapter is narrated by a different object, allowing readers to piece together the stories of a British Army officer in an unnamed war zone and two local childhood friends separated by insurgency. Because the objects -- a bullet, part of an IED, the soldier's boots -- are parts of the conflict itself, this debut offers an extraordinary depiction of both the sensory and the symbolic experiences of war. It's an unexpected storytelling technique, and one that may not work for all readers, but if you're looking for a frank, complex depiction of the consequences of war, Anatomy of a Soldier (which is based on the author's own experiences) will be an intriguing read. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10488648
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1983-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Parker, Harry
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Survival
  • Soldiers
Target audience
adult
Label
Anatomy of a soldier, Harry Parker
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A novel"--Dust jacket
  • "A Borzoi Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057206695
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Export edition.
Extent
314 pages
Isbn
9780571325825
Lccn
2015042247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
Stock number
$30.00
System control number
(OCoLC)941060987
Label
Anatomy of a soldier, Harry Parker
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A novel"--Dust jacket
  • "A Borzoi Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057206695
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Export edition.
Extent
314 pages
Isbn
9780571325825
Lccn
2015042247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
Stock number
$30.00
System control number
(OCoLC)941060987

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