An essayistic memoir on being a soldier. Alex Vernon's Most Succinctly Bred explores war by exploring around war, by operating in the margins. Vernon records his ongoing relationship with war and soldiering, from growing up in late Cold War 1980s middle America to attending West Point, going to and returning from the first Gulf War, and watching, as a writer and academic, the coming of the second Iraq war. Unlike a mere essay collection, this book has a trajectory, and the chapters, appearing in rough chronological order, loop in and out of one another. It is not a narrow autobiography that attempts to account only for the writer's life; it uses that life to illuminate the lives of its readers, to tell us all about the time and place in which we find ourselves. War has seasoned this reluctant soldier; it has wounded him as it wounds all soldiers. But war has not stopped Alex Vernon's life. A large part of what we read here is a fascinating story of recovery.Call it fiction, call it nonfiction; it belongs here either way. As to the reason for arranging the book as I have, and for producing it at all, Ia#39;ll let others speak for me . First, Annie Dillard, who in her essay aquot;Total Eclipseaquot; has articulated heranbsp;...
|Title||:||Most Succinctly Bred|
|Publisher||:||Kent State University Press - 2006|