A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this book.
This book is what literature can be. It is the reason people read, the reason books are published, so we can get a glimpse of a life and see the ins and outs, and in the end relate it back to the circle of humanity that defines us all.
I would call this book fiction for men and place it at the top of that category. I believe the in-depth military workings and the details of war and death and torture will be too heavy for many women, although not being a woman, I'm not sure.
The book is funny, heartbreaking, wonderful. The world it conjures is so three-dimensional as to almost be a diorama. Wonderful complex characters and a slice of war-torn life told over five amazing days reiterate what it means to feel, to love, to be human. In a world with no black and white, we see the colour of humanity that lives in us all in this amazing enchanting book.
This will be at the top of the best of 2013 books, pick it up early.
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