Parul Sehgal of The New York Times reports for NY1 on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."
This week, a new short story collection called "Redeployment" by Phil Klay, a former marine. It's a book that critics are calling an heir to Tim O'Brien’s classic, "The Things They Carried."
"Redeployment" was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review this weekend by Dexter Filkins, a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of "The Forever War." Filkins says this book is "...the best thing written so far on what the war did to people's souls. Klay succeeds brilliantly, capturing on an intimate scale the ways in which the war in Iraq evoked a unique array of emotion, predicament and heartbreak."
In these stories, each told in a different voice, we meet the brave, the bewildered and the corrupt. A private contractor enjoying his $250,000 salary and "little expectation of tangible accomplishments." An unhinged lance corporal who confesses to his chaplain, "the only thing I want to do is kill Iraqis...it's the only thing that feels like doing something. Not just wasting time." We meet, heartbreakingly, young men who return home to find America as incomprehensible as Iraq.
The book is a scary, scathing achievement, and Filkins praises Klay's ear for the language of the grunts, as well as how he conveys "...the feelings the war evoked: pride, pity, elation and disgust, often pulsing through the same character simultaneously."
Find more reviews of new books in the New York Times Book Review at www.nytimes.com/books.