"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
With Memorial Day approaching, I've been thinking about war.
What is it good for?
I have been lucky enough never to have fought in a war. (I got a high number in the famous Draft Lottery of 1969, and so was never called to go to Vietnam.) But my father Lester Robinson served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He fought in the Pacific – in New Guinea and the Philippines. He got sick before I could get all his Army stories out of him, but I know that he hated the Army. He hated the stupidity, the inefficiency, and the waste. Not to mention the death. I still have his dog tags hanging in my office
So what is war good for? There seems to be no cure for it.
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