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Beaufort
Beaufort | Ron Leshem
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By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshems debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israels top award for literature and the basis for a prizewinning film. Charged with brilliance and daring, hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is at once a searing coming-of-age story and a novel for our timesone of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the horror, camaraderie, and absurdity of war in modern fiction. Beaufort. To the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hella forbidding, fear-soaked enclave perched atop two acres of land in southern Lebanon, surrounded by an enemy they cannot see. And to the thirteen young men in his command, Twenty-one-year-old Lieutenant Liraz Erez Liberti is a taskmaster, confessor, and the only hope in the face of attacks that come out of nowhere and missions seemingly designed to get them all killed. All around them, tension crackles in the air. Long stretches of boredom and black humor are punctuated by flashes of terror. And the threat of death is constant. But in their stony haven, Erez and his soldiers have created their own little world, their own rules, their own language. And here Erez listens to his men build castles out of words, telling stories, telling lies, talking incessantly of women, sex, and dead comrades. Until, in the final days of the occupation, Erez and his squad of fed-up, pissed-off, frightened young soldiers are given one last order: a mission that will shatter all remaining illusionsand stand as a testament to the universal, gut-wrenching futility of war. The basis for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. From the Hardcover edition.
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arubabookwoman
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This is the 2nd book I‘ve read recently about the Israeli occupation of forts in southern Lebanon in the late 1990‘s and the Mother‘s Movement protesting the occupation for causing the needless deaths of young Israeli soldiers for no apparent reason. As an anti-war novel, this ranks up there with The Things That They Carried and Matterhorn. Highly recommended. (The other book is the memoir Pumpkinflowers, also recommended).

BarbaraBB Excellent review. I‘ll check this book out. Another anti war book set in Israël that I loved is 2mo
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eyyyalisa
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You worry about them, he told me, not about yourself, and when one of your soldiers tells you his uncle died of a heart attack and you see the pain in the whites of his eyes, suddenly you hurt, too, way deep down inside. The truth is, I wanted to suffer from that kind of sick love. I swear it, I really tried.