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Book Title: In the Shadow of Suribachi|
Date of issue: June 1st 2010
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The author of the book: Joyce Faulkner
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 586 KB
Edition: Red Engine Press
Read full description of the books In the Shadow of Suribachi:Gold Medal Winner for historical fiction from Military Writer's Society of America, 2006 Book Awards, March 31, 2010
By Kathleen M. Rodgers "Author" (Colleyville, TX USA)
This review is from: In the Shadow of Suribachi (Paperback)
NOW I UNDERSTAND!
The characters in award-winning author Joyce Faulkner's novel "In the Shadow of Suribachi" have embedded themselves in my soul. Two days after reading this amazing story, I cannot get them out of my head. Or heart. These boys turned men -- in the blink-of-an-eye during the hellish days of battle on the beaches of Iwo Jima -- are now the ghosts that will haunt me the rest of my life.
Based on stories her father told her about his time in the Marines during WWII, Joyce Faulkner has created a story that sweeps the reader up and plants them smack down in the middle of hell. You can try to close the book and turn your back on these scared young men who are barely old enough to shave, but something keeps pulling you back. You keep turning the pages because suddenly YOU are the young Marine lying there sick to your stomach and heart in the black gritty sand on that Godforsaken beach. YOU are the young Marine crying for his mama, praying for God to either take you quickly or let you survive. YOU are the young Marine who digs into your foxhole and waits.
You are no longer a bystander waiting and watching for old veterans to come marching down Main Street during the annual Veteran's Day Parade. You are no longer the shopper rushing off to buy stuff on sale at the annual Memorial Day Sales Event. No, because YOU are still on that beach, waiting to die. Or waiting to live. After reading this book, I can no longer rush through the stories the newspapers trot out every military related holiday. You know the ones. The stories of old WWII Veterans with their medals, some even donned in old uniforms if they can still squeeze into them. Or seated in an armchair with a black and white photo framed nearby, showing young men smiling with their arms draped over each others' shoulders. Very much like the young men featured on the cover of this novel.
This novel is so achingly beautiful. One of my favorite characters is Bill Zimmer. I fell in love with him the moment I first saw him, peeking out of his mother's closet when he was a shy little boy. Get this book and read about the others. Along with Zim, there's Arty, Smitty, Kirby, Cordell, Doc. Kline and Kroner. And the next time I see an old Veteran, I will look beyond his wrinkles and into his deep haunted eyes. And I WILL UNDERSTAND.
Highly recommend this book. Yes, the author is a woman, and yes, she writes about war with the authority of someone who has been there. She put herself on the beaches of Iwo Jima long ago, when she sat at her daddy's knees, and LISTENED to his war stories with her HEART!
Read information about the authorJoyce Faulkner loves stories -- fiction or non-fiction. She also has a compulsive need to know why. To this end, her work focuses on how her characters react to their environment, to the people around them, to the events of their lives -- and to the various opportunities and disappointments impact their journeys.
She has studied the art of writing since the 1960s -- exploring not the right or wrong of a given approach, but the effectiveness of it on her declared audiences. She likes to manipulate her readers -- challenging them to navigate complex plots to get to the core question...why?
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