Harry Parker Anatomy of a Soldier

ISBN 13: 9780735206564

Anatomy of a Soldier

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A stunning first novel--of patriotism, heroism, and profound humanism--that will immediately take its place on the shelf of classics about what it truly means to be at war.

Captain Tom Barnes, leading British troops in the war zone. Two boys growing up there sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites before finding themselves estranged once foreign soldiers appear in their countryside. The man who trains one boy to fight the other's father as well as the infidel invaders. The family and friends who radiate out from these lives on all sides of this conflict. These are the people who populate this fiercely dramatic and moving novel. But we see them not as they see themselves, but as all the objects surrounding them do: shoes and boots, a helmet, a trove of dollars, a drone, that bike, weaponry, a bag of fertilizer, a medal, a beer glass, a snowflake, dog tags, an improvised explosive device--forty-five different inanimate narrators whose unexpected voices tell the story of this heart-stopping journey. Anatomy of a Soldier gives us a way to clearly see and understand those who fight wars in ways we never have before.
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A tour de force. In this brilliant and beguiling novel Harry Parker sees the hidden forces that act on the bodies and souls of combatants and non-combatants. These pages are dangerous but they contain compassion and sorrow too. There is wonder here at what men have done to themselves. It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real. Nadeem Aslam
This is a brilliant book, direct from the battle zone, where all the paraphernalia of slaughter is deployed to tell its particular and savage story. Edna O Brien"

A riveting, evocative, brutally realistic read."Anatomy of a Soldier"is a novel, but one clearly based on the author s searing experiences in combat and during recovery. It provides a vivid description of life as a soldier in Afghanistan "and"of life after being seriously wounded. What Harry Parker has written will enthrall, enlighten, and stay with readers. General (Ret) David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, 2010-2011
A tour de force. In this brilliant and beguiling novel Harry Parker sees the hidden forces that act on the bodies and souls of combatants and non-combatants. These pages are dangerous but they contain compassion and sorrow too. There is wonder here at what men have done to themselves. It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real. Nadeem Aslam
This is a brilliant book, direct from the battle zone, where all the paraphernalia of slaughter is deployed to tell its particular and savage story. Edna O Brien"

It is a novel of concentrated ferocity and chilling accomplishments, tense and unflinching but alive to every nuance of feeling. Hilary Mantel
A new take on the war novel. . . both disorienting and captivating. . . nuanced and wonderfully complex. "The Guardian "(U.K.)
A riveting, evocative, brutally realistic read."Anatomy of a Soldier"is a novel, but one clearly based on the author s searing experiences in combat and during recovery. It provides a vivid description of life as a soldier in Afghanistan "and"of life after being seriously wounded. What Harry Parker has written will enthrall, enlighten, and stay with readers. General (Ret) David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, 2010-2011
A tour de force. In this brilliant and beguiling novel Harry Parker sees the hidden forces that act on the bodies and souls of combatants and non-combatants. These pages are dangerous but they contain compassion and sorrow too. There is wonder here at what men have done to themselves. It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real. Nadeem Aslam
This is a brilliant book, direct from the battle zone, where all the paraphernalia of slaughter is deployed to tell its particular and savage story. Edna O Brien"

An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . "Anatomy of a Soldier "is disorienting but deeply compelling. "Booklist "(starred)
A great novel: a defining work about a place beyond survival, where the terribly damaged succeed not just in living and adapting, but in bringing illumination back from the abyss.It will be read with wonder, with respect and with gratitude. Anthony Loyd, "The New Statesman"
Raw, uncompromising and courageous, this is a brilliant and unforgettable book. Deirdre O Brien, "Sunday Mirror"
Parker manages to create great moments of suspense and pathos, thanks largely to the innovative structure he employs . . .Following the well-worn advice given to first-time novelists, Parker has written about what he knows. It just happens that he s done it unusually well. Carl Wilkinson, "Financial Times"
[Parker s] prose, economical but ev --Reviews

This debut novel chronicles a soldier s maiming and recovery with an inventiveness that in no way mitigates war s searing heartbreak or the spirit s indomitability . . . Parker s storytelling device of using objects as his narrators intensifies the reader's focus on the human emotions . . . You couldn't call this novel an antiwar tract . . . But you could certainly label it a pro-understanding work of art and those may be more in need right now than ever before. "Kirkus Reviews"
An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . "Anatomy of a Soldier "is disorienting but deeply compelling. "Booklist "(starred)
A great novel: a defining work about a place beyond survival, where the terribly damaged succeed not just in living and adapting, but in bringing illumination back from the abyss.It will be read with wonder, with respect and with gratitude. Anthony Loyd, "The New Statesman"
Raw, uncompromising and courageous, this is a brilliant and unforgettable book. Deirdre O Brien, "Sunday Mirror"
Parker manages to create great moments of suspense and pathos, thanks largely to the innovative structure he employs . . .Following the well-worn advice given to first-time novelists, Parker has written about what he knows. It just happens that he s done it unusually well. Carl Wilkinson, "Financial Times"
[Parker s] prose, economical but evocative and at times wincingly graphic, confidently shepherds you through the ruptured timeline . . . morally and emotionally complex. Chris Power, "The Guardian"
A mighty achievement . . . stark and superb. "Esquire "[UK]
An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . "Anatomy of a Soldier" is disorienting but deeply compelling. Thomas Gaughan, "Booklist "(starred)
We ve become desensitized to war stories, but Harry Parker not simply through the originality of his approach but also through skillful storytelling, intimate observation, and an endless ability to surprise and move the reader cuts past our callouses and delivers a bold new narrative of war and its aftermath. Phil Klay
It is a novel of concentrated ferocity and chilling accomplishments, tense and unflinching but alive to every nuance of feeling. Hilary Mantel
A new take on the war novel. . . both disorienting and captivating. . . nuanced and wonderfully complex. "The Guardian "(U.K.)
A riveting, evocative, brutally realistic read."Anatomy of a Soldier"is a novel, but one clearly based on the author s searing experiences in combat and during recovery. It provides a vivid description of life as a soldier in Afghanistan "and"of life after being seriously wounded. What Harry Parker has written will enthrall, enlighten, and stay with readers. General (Ret) David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, 2010-2011
A tour de force. In this brilliant and beguiling novel Harry Parker sees the hidden forces that act on the bodies and souls of combatants and non-combatants. These pages are dangerous but they contain compassion and sorrow too. There is wonder here at what men have done to themselves. It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real. Nadeem Aslam
This is a brilliant book, direct from the battle zone, where all the paraphernalia of slaughter is deployed to tell its particular and savage story. Edna O Brien" --Reviews

A gripping wartime story boldly and creatively told . . . Parker is invested in expressing the particulars of war with surprising intimacy, and the unique structure with multiple viewpoints ultimately reveals harsh truths about the countless cogs in the machine of war . . . Parker s unflinching tone lends the novel its lasting power. "Publishers Weekly "
This debut novel chronicles a soldier s maiming and recovery with an inventiveness that in no way mitigates war s searing heartbreak or the spirit s indomitability . . . Parker s storytelling device of using objects as his narrators intensifies the reader's focus on the human emotions . . . You couldn't call this novel an antiwar tract . . . But you could certainly label it a pro-understanding work of art and those may be more in need right now than ever before. "Kirkus Reviews"
An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . "Anatomy of a Soldier "is disorienting but deeply compelling. "Booklist "(starred)
A great novel: a defining work about a place beyond survival, where the terribly damaged succeed not just in living and adapting, but in bringing illumination back from the abyss.It will be read with wonder, with respect and with gratitude. Anthony Loyd, "The New Statesman"
Raw, uncompromising and courageous, this is a brilliant and unforgettable book. Deirdre O Brien, "Sunday Mirror"
Parker manages to create great moments of suspense and pathos, thanks largely to the innovative structure he employs . . .Following the well-worn advice given to first-time novelists, Parker has written about what he knows. It just happens that he s done it unusually well. Carl Wilkinson, "Financial Times"
[Parker s] prose, economical but evocative and at times wincingly graphic, confidently shepherds you through the ruptured timeline . . . morally and emotionally complex. Chris Power, "The Guardian"
A mighty achievement . . . stark and superb. "Esquire "[UK]
An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . "Anatomy of a Soldier" is disorienting but deeply compelling. Thomas Gaughan, "Booklist "(starred)
We ve become desensitized to war stories, but Harry Parker not simply through the originality of his approach but also through skillful storytelling, intimate observation, and an endless ability to surprise and move the reader cuts past our callouses and delivers a bold new narrative of war and its aftermath. Phil Klay
It is a novel of concentrated ferocity and chilling accomplishments, tense and unflinching but alive to every nuance of feeling. Hilary Mantel
A new take on the war novel. . . both disorienting and captivating. . . nuanced and wonderfully complex. "The Guardian "(U.K.)
A riveting, evocative, brutally realistic read."Anatomy of a Soldier"is a novel, but one clearly based on the author s searing experiences in combat and during recovery. It provides a vivid description of life as a soldier in Afghanistan "and"of life after being seriously wounded. What Harry Parker has written will enthrall, enlighten, and stay with readers. General (Ret) David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, 2010-2011
A tour de force. In this brilliant and beguiling novel Harry Parker sees the hidden forces that act on the bodies and souls of combatants and non-combatants. These pages are dangerous but they contain compassion and sorrow too. There is wonder here at what men have done to themselves. It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real. Nadeem Aslam
This is a brilliant book, direct from the battle zone, where all the paraphernalia of slaughter is deployed to tell its particular and savage story. Edna O Brien" --Reviews

About the Author:

HARRY PARKER grew up in Wiltshire and was educated at University College London. He joined the British Army when he was twenty-three and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009. He now lives with his wife in London, and their first child was born in October. He's also a painter, attends art school, and completed a postgrad at the Royal Drawing School. He sea-kayaks in his spare time.
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