Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ten of the best contemporary war novels

Adrian Bonenberger is a combat veteran who writes essays on military topics. His new memoir is Afghan Post.

At Publishers Weekly Bonenberger shared his list of ten of the best contemporary war novels, including:
Sparta by Roxana Robinson

A novel about the psychological toll of war, and how that can unravel even the most upstanding, idealistic soldier’s (or in this case, officer’s) life. Echoes of Lord Jim and Moby Dick from the protagonist’s perspective – reading this, I felt an immediate kinship with the novel’s hero, and watching him overcome the common symptoms associated with trauma in a war zone, I felt as though I was reliving my own struggles with PTSD.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Sparta.

Writers Read: Roxana Robinson.

--Marshal Zeringue