My War Gone By, I Miss IT So
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When home, Loyd struggled to integrate and follow the realities of his life in London with the horrors he saw and experienced in both Bosnia and Chechnya. He describes both wars from a ground-level view, making them more understandable while maintaining their chaotic feel: a difficult, yet appreciated balancing act. But if you stuck around long enough at the time, the dead and wounded piled up so quickly they squeezed one another off the narrow platforms of your memory. You can die doing the right thing for the wrong reason, or die doing the wrong thing for the right reason. a true picture into the brutality of war and should be required reading for all those politicians who use phrases such as "collateral damage" and "surgical strikes"' John Nichol, Daily Express | 'Both beautiful and disturbing' Wall Street Journal | 'Part war memoir, part coming-of-age tale and part junkie diary, it's a raw account of the hypnotic lures of violence, heroin and danger' Carla Power, Newsweek | 'This is more than just despatches from the front.
Loyd experienced the raw emotions and love affair of war while simultaneously losing the ability to relate to friends who lack the ability to sympathize. The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. But nothing here compares to the stories Tobias Wolff tells in his Vietnam memoir, In Pharaoh's Army, which distill the whole war into a few pages. Not since Michael Herr wrote Dispatches has any journalist written so persuasively about violence and its seductions in all of war’s minutiae of awful detail .These harrowing accounts from the trenches show humanity at its worst and best, through daily tragedies in city streets and mountain villages during Yugoslavia's brutal dissolution. Anybody else feel a little queasy, like watching two teenagers playing video games only we are talking about human life.
The way I read it was simple: Ant felt great conflict inside, and sought an environment that would reflect that externally, as an attempt to understand it. Loyd’s journey is a harbinger for a generation of Westerners who have known war for over two decades.This is the confession of an ex army officer come reporter who is driven by the horrors and futility of the Bosnian war and his own human failings to become an individual fueled by drugs, violence, hatred and all the raw emotions that such circumstances can create. Ma trovo che la vera pornografia sia tradurre il titolo originale ‘My War Gone, I Miss It So’ in Apocalisse criminale. These include his outstanding description of local Croat soldiers bringing their Muslim neighbors and friends to the protection of the UN to prevent their comrades from murdering them and the drunken reunion of rival Serb and Muslim commanders on the battlefield, boyhood friends pitted against each other by the war. I finished reading Anthony Loyd's account of his time in the Balkans and Chechnya only a few days ago and am still feeling the after-effects . Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.