Peace

Peace

by Richard Bausch
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Peace by Richard Bausch

Italy, near Cassino, in the terrible winter of 1944. An icy rain, continuing unabated for days. Guided by a seventy-year-old Italian man in rope-soled shoes, three American soldiers are sent on a reconnaissance mission up the side of a steep hill that they discover, before very long, to be a mountain. As they climb, the old man's indeterminate loyalties only add to the terror and confusion that engulf them. Peace is a feat of storytelling from one of America's most acclaimed novelists: a powerful look at the corrosiveness of violence, the human cost of war, and the redemptive power of mercy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307268334
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

This is Richard Bausch's eleventh novel. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Playboy, GQ, Harper's Magazine, and other publications and has been featured in numerous best-of collections, including The O. Henry Awards' Best American Short Stories, and New Stories from the South. He is chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writer's Workshop of the University of Memphis.

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Peace 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit that this is the first piece I've read by Mr. Bausch. I also reluctantly admit that I hadn't even heard of him before reading a review of this book in Esquire. How I missed the work of this literary master is beyond me. I encourage all to listen to the Barnes and Noble interview of Mr. Bausch, in which he demonstrates his mental prowess in understanding of the literary art. In any case, Peace is a profound, frightening, and extremely moving book. There is no way I could over rate this book. It's lyrical power is undeniable. With terse sentences, Mr. Bausch paints a portrait of war that seems both eminently real and perfectly stylized to ensnare the senses. It is the rare intelligent, cerebral work that is also an easy read. The thoughts and experiences that Mr. Bausch gives us of his protagonist, Marson, are so effective that by the end we seem to be thinking like Marson, and feeling his deep emotions. I was. This story is reminiscent of one of Aeschylus' great quotes, which Bobby Kennedy quoted in his speech upon the death of Martin Luther King Jr., 'In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.' In the final analysis, with this book, Mr. Bausch teaches us lessons that come with age, which are sorely needed in this age. It is a work of art of the highest order, deserving to be read as such for all time.
Felonious More than 1 year ago
When this book (Peace) was recommended to me, I read the description and was a bit reluctant to read it at first. The plot sounded all too familiar. A soldier witnesses a murder committed by his Sargent and must decide if he should report it. After seeing the book was only about 170 pages I decided I would give it a try (that and the fact that I trust the person who recommended it to me). The setting for Peace is Italy during WWII. Most of the story takes place during the mission after the murder takes place. Corporal Marson and two of his men must scout ahead for German troops and report back to the Sargent. Richard Bausch meshes together a wonderful story of the "current" mission, the past, and personal memories that build the reality of the characters that the readers will feel for and know on a personal level. The thing that sets this story apart (from what felt so familiar to me), is the fact that Richard Bausch has the murder taking place so fast that no one could have stopped it and at a time that it was almost understandable (for a moment). To muddle things further Corp. Marson and his men hear the Nazi's committing an atrocity and they are helpless to stop it. The story makes it impossible not to compare "the murder" with the acts of war. As a reader you should be prepared for an emotional story that is hard to put down. One that is profound on many levels and is told (written) so well you will be thinking about it long after you have finished it.
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