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My life as a foreign country : a memoir

Author: Brian Turner
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015. ©2015
Series: Thorndike Press large print peer picks.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : Biography : English : Large Print editionView all editions and formats
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In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now he lies awake each night beside his sleeping wife, imagining himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe. Now Turner, an award-winning poet, retraces his war experience --  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Brian Turner; Brian Turner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Turner
ISBN: 9781410476753 1410476758
OCLC Number: 893898747
Description: 259 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print peer picks.
Responsibility: Brian Turner.

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In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now he lies awake each night beside his sleeping wife, imagining himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe. Now Turner, an award-winning poet, retraces his war experience -- pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. His account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible. Across time, he seeks parallels in the histories of others who have gone to war, especially his taciturn grandfather (World War II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Turner also offers something rare in a memoir of violent conflict -- he sees through the eyes of the enemy, imagining his way into the experience of the "other." Through it all, he paints a devastating portrait of what it means to be a soldier and a human being.

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