REDEPLOYMENT PHIL KLAY PDF

Reading Guide Book Summary Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains - of U. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball.

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Klay and William D. Marines, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. My family always had a strong respect for public service. I wanted to be part of a cause greater than myself. I was thinking of it as a historic moment, and I wanted to put myself in a position of responsibility so I could hopefully affect things for the better.

During the U. He said that he wrote his collection of short stories based on his service and return to civilian life because: [7] He has objected to the way civilians distance themselves from military experience: [8] [V]eterans need an audience that is both receptive and critical. Believing war is beyond words is an abrogation of responsibility — it lets civilians off the hook from trying to understand, and veterans off the hook from needing to explain.

He has described how "the gap between public mythology and lived experience" even affects both veteran-civilian dialogue and the veteran self-perception: [9] [T]he mythologies are part of the experience of war. We signed up with all those stories in our heads, after all, and then we came home to all the stories about war our culture was telling itself. The ability to bridge that gap is important. Writing in the Daily Beast , Brian Castner described the book "a clinic in the profanities of war".

He wrote: [10] If there is a flaw to be found here it is only one of narrowness; all of these narrators are American men and most are Marines.

But the voices are strong and varied, and we hear from enlisted men and officers, chaplains and lawyers, State Department do-gooders and college students, and, of course, many grunts. The book contains plenty of blood-dead-hajji-fuck-kill-love, but also stories that violate innocence and faith itself.

If obscenity scrapes just the skin then through the narrative arc of tragedy and suffering Klay has managed to dig down to the organs. In the New York Times , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dexter Filkins wrote that "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 Iraq comes across not merely as a theater of war but as a laboratory for the human condition in extremis.

Redeployment is I want to thank everyone who picked up the book, who read it and decided to join the conversation. He has conducted several interviews with other writers and published them on The Rumpus. Hunt, S.

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Klay and William D. Marines, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. My family always had a strong respect for public service. I wanted to be part of a cause greater than myself. I was thinking of it as a historic moment, and I wanted to put myself in a position of responsibility so I could hopefully affect things for the better.

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Redeployment

Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel.

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