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Book Review: ‘3 War Stories’ by David Mamet

This is a war book like I never read. It not only spans centuries and continents, but it also explores the important themes of redemption and forgiveness. The book is written as a series of three novellas. In each of them, Mamet does a superb job of explaining the dynamics of war and how it impacts on people and societies as a whole. In the first novella, "The Redwing," he explores a Secret Service naval officer as he becomes a prisoner, novelist and finally memoirist. In the process of the novella, he explains some of the transformations that he went…

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Summary : The playwright/novelist presents three war novellas spanning continents and centuries.

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This is a war book like I never read. It not only spans centuries and continents, but it also explores the important themes of redemption and forgiveness.

The book is written as a series of three novellas. In each of them, Mamet does a superb job of explaining the dynamics of war and how it impacts on people and societies as a whole.

In the first novella, “The Redwing,” he explores a Secret Service naval officer as he becomes a prisoner, novelist and finally memoirist. In the process of the novella, he explains some of the transformations that he went through during his imprisonment. The story is touching and very painful in places. I really found it sad.

In the second novella, “Notes on Plain Warfare,” he examines religion and how they can impact wars, specifically the American Indian Wars. This novella was very vividly written and a clear account of some of the origins of war.

In the last novella, “The Handle and the Hold,” the reader will be sucked into the story of two ex-military men who undertake an amazing adventure before the Israeli War of Independence. It is the best story in the book as it is gripping and the dialogue is very vivid and spellbinding.

This book is written very clearly and cleverly. I just love the style. I didn’t read Mamet’s other books, but I intend to look them up and read them in the near future.

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