Thursday, September 6, 2012
War Stories Book Summary
The first line of the above description says it all: we all carry our own battle scars. If the eyes are windows to the soul, then pain is the window to the heart as so expertly described by Elisabeth Doyle in this series of emotionally intense stories about suffering, loss, fear, and need.
When a character crys out, "How can God love me?", your heart aches for his wounds and pain only to be torn apart again as another character mentions, "I'm not the same." Amazing how so few words can convey such intense pain and suffering.
While each story is compelling in its own right, I found myself most drawn to Recruiters, and the eerieness of the grey car stalking its victims, and the slow build of realization and horror in Passengers.
I don't want to give too much away about the individual stories, because each one deserves to be read and digested by readers from their own perspective. Instead, I'll share a line from Passengers that seemed to describe each character in some way: she had momentarily dreamt that such a moment would come; that it would save her soul from obscurity and bring about the emergence of her true self, and that her life would thereby be made exceptional.
Each soul on display in War Stories is struggling, desperate to make sense of their own battle scars and place in the world. I was amazed how connected I felt to each character within a few short sentences. Although only 119 pages, each story has its own novel-length depth and memorable characters. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Elisabeth Doyle's Bio
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