Redeployment by Phil Klay

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Read Redeployment Online Free - Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

In Redeployment, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died."  In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened.  A Mortuary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains — of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both.  A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel.  And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball.  These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.  Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.  Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

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ISBN : 1594204993
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Greg rated it ★★★★★

January 27, 2014

Maybe everything is just fucked. I blast off a review pointing out how bad a shitty poetry is and it is one of my most popular reviews. Thank you all for the votes but I wish more of my thank-yous got seen by as many people as that particular fuck you. There is certainly no fuck you here, this col...

Roxane rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2014

The writing here is excellent and this offers a necessary look at war and its effects but there is a sameness across the stories that I didn't love. By the end of the book, not one character was distinct in my mind.

Fabian rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2017

Realism is masterfully achieved in this collection of short stories. All the short stories are alike in the theme of our modern war. They're told with anecdotal precision in modern vernacular, so it is never boring. All of them are written in the first person POV, which makes the entire work more...

Melanie rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2014

"In “Redeployment,” Phil Klay, a former Marine who served in Iraq, grapples with a different war but aims for a similar effect: showing us the myriad human manifestations that result from the collision of young, heavily armed Americans with a fractured and deeply foreign country that very few of...

Nicole~ rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2014

Veteran's Day- November 11th To all our War Veterans: with tremendous appreciation and pride, a heartfelt Thank You for your bravery and steely character not just on the battlefield, but in resuming Life after it. There are two ways to tell the story. Funny or sad. Guys like it funny, with lots of...

Elyse rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 12, 2015

Irritating! Annoying! Draining! Wayyyyyyy too much profanity! The 'in-house' jargon, (acronyms), were absurd. I'm not familiar with complex military terminology. Much of this 'audible' came off feeling like ramblings. It wasn't easy to difficult to follow. This wasn't a book I was dying to read -...

Washington rated it ★★★★★

March 12, 2014

In these dozen stories, Klay draws from his own experience as a U.S. Marine captain to give us one of the most compelling depictions to date of the Iraq war, and especially of the psychic toll it continues to exact on those who fought in it. In this regard, “Redeployment” will inevitably draw com...

Julie Christine rated it ★★★★★

December 11, 2014

“Believing war is beyond words is an abrogation of responsibility — it lets civilians off the hook from trying to understand, and veterans off the hook from needing to explain. You don’t honor someone by telling them, “I can never imagine what you’ve been through.” Instead, listen to their story...

Sara rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2014

I defy any readers of Phil Klay’s stunning Redeployment to a) put it down and b) limit the number of “wows” they utter while reading it. These twelve stories, are all about the Iraq War or its aftermath; they are so direct, so frank, they will impress readers who have read all they care to about...

Eric rated it ★★★★★

March 31, 2016

For those of you keeping score - "American Sniper" - 1 star "Redeployment" - 5 stars "Redeployment" is everything you want in a war book, an unflinching look at the disconnect between the people fighting and the country sending them to fight. It's smart in every way that "American Sniper" is over-s...

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