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Posted May 27, 2005
The story is written in the third person narrated by a 13 years old boy. One summer evening, his parents go to town to attend a banquet, and tell him they will be home by 2 A.M. He and his elder sister stay at home. However, his elder sister's boyfriend visits that night. After he leaves, he and elder sister go to bed. But the boy 13 years old finds someone trying to enter his sister's room, so he shoots the intruder with his rifle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2001
Wow. I approached this book as a former Marine, reading it because of Dubus' service in My Marine Corps. I expected a hard-edged, razor-sharp world filled with crusty characters. I didn't expect to find characters that were flesh & blood; people who i could reach out and touch. My favorite was The Colonel's Wife: a poignant portrait of a man, and a story I had lived. I recognized both the Colonel and his wife, in many people I was stationed with. I found myself alternately grieving then angry at the direction their vows take; especially considering the irony in the Marine Corps Motto 'Semper Fidelis' (always faithful) and the story line. Worth kicking the kids out of the house for a day to simply enjoy in a full sitting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.