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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) Read & download ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF µ David Abrams David Abrams µ 8 Characters Sir is your captain a complete and utter idiot prone to eating Stupid Sandwiches at every meal?Duret couldn't meet the battle captain's eyes Something like that I guessI had been saving this book for a rainy day that is to say after being in something of a slump I saw it as a treat something I knew I would enjoy I was rightThis is a book about American soldiers stationed at an FOB in Baghdad Everyone is calling it the modern Ca

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) Characters Fobbit Author David Abrams If somewhere there is a society devoted to bleakness where to have a bleak outlook is aspired to by all and the highest virtue is to live life as bleakly as possible this book should be on their school syllabus This is not necessarily a bad thing Life can be bleak War is always bleak So it follows that life during war is likely not a fun filled prance through a flowering meadow Fobbit is a book set during the recent U

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    Characters Fobbit Author David Abrams Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) David Abrams µ 8 Characters Definitely disappointed with Fobbit Mildly amusing and insightful Ira observations for the first two chapters but then it just begins to tell the same thing over and over There's no central inciting incident or s

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) This brilliant powerfully rendered debut seizes you by the collar; spits shouts whispers and laughs in your ear drags you through the sweat pus blood and grit of war in Ira 2005 and ultimately pulls every string

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) I read an uncorrected advanced review copy; please bear in mind that some of the small problems I saw may have been fixed in the final revisionFirst the positives The book paints a convincing picture of the claustrophobic world of the Forward

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    Characters Fobbit Author David Abrams Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) David Abrams µ 8 Characters It took almost twenty years for the great World War Two books to start to appear; the same can be said for Vietnam books to the extent that the books were set in Vietnam and not simply about the war a la Catch 22 That means we can look forward to the first great Ira War book in about ten years In the meantime we have David Abrams’ Fobbit Fobbit was for me an exercise in mixed feelings Abrams nails the atmo

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) Read & download ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF µ David Abrams While often praised as hilarious I didn't it find it so funny Sure there were parts that were mildly funny but over all felt the heft of the characters plight and its themesOverall I'd say I enjoyed it than I did The Yellow Birds but not as much as I did Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk I think this book capped off the reading of the other two books nicely and now feel like I can take a bit of a break from reading about the Ira war I am h

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) Making war and death the subject of satire and humor is a monumentally difficult task and only a few like Joseph Heller can pull it off David Abrams achieves that difficult task here and Fobbitt fully warrants its accolades as the Catch 22 of the Ira war It's an eye opening view of the lives of soldiers operating in Forw

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) I'll be honest I did not expect to like this book as much as I did I already knew David Abrams to be a phenomenal writer And I'd read the glowing reviews and blurbs for this novel and was uick to buy it Butan Ira war comedy? But once I began reading I became engrossed in this story and these ragtag Fobbits Abrams immerses you in this world The writing flows seamlessly with sharp dialogue and uick cuts Abrams knows where to ling

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    Fobbit Author David Abrams (PDF) David Abrams µ 8 Characters Characters Fobbit Author David Abrams In the spirit of openess I never served never tried to join and therefore cannot comment on the accuracy of this fictional account of behind the scenes operations in Baghdad That being said especially in the case

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David Abrams µ 8 Characters Read & download ✓ Fobbit Author David Abrams 108 Fobbit ’fä bit noun Definition A US soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base esp during Operation Irai Freedom 2003 2011 PejorativeIn the satirical tradition of Catch 22 and MASH Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph The Forward Opera. If somewhere there is a society devoted to bleakness where to have a bleak outlook is aspired to by all and the highest virtue is to live life as bleakly as possible this book should be on their school syllabus This is not necessarily a bad thing Life can be bleak War is always bleak So it follows that life during war is likely not a fun filled prance through a flowering meadow Fobbit is a book set during the recent US led Irai conflict and while there is much humor in the book the portrait it paints of soldiers at war is one that I found terribly sad Fobbit follows the soldiering of several very different men The first Captain Abe Shrinkle is an incompetent frontline door kicker who is way out of his depth in the life or death situations he finds himself in Shrinkle s constant screw ups and the death spiral of his army career are a great window into the mismanagement and butt covering that the army like any large organisation can engage in to the detriment of it s combat soldiersThe second narrative follows Staff Sergeant Chance Gooding one of the titular Fobbits REMFs in a previous era non combat personnel who spend their tours working in the airconditioned comparative safety of Forward Operating Bases also knows as FOBs Gooding spends his war writing and redrafting press releases in a sort of absurdist bureaucratic hell carrying out pointless tasks for his incompetent sniveling boss Gooding s work while safer and cushy than that of a frontline soldier is in it s own way sad and soul warping Other characters who feature prominently include Vic Duret a hardarse Colonel trying to deal with Shrinkle s incompetence and the aformentioned snivelling boss who makes Gooding s life a miseryNone of the characters are having what you would call a good deployment While some of them dodge bullets and dispense death and others wear a butt shaped groove in an air conned office chair it soon becomes clear that in Abrams Ira nobody escapes the war without taking shrapnel of at least the psychological sort Despite this grimness Fobbit is an enjoyable read Abram s book is billed as a sort of Irai Catch 22 but to my mind this novel is blacker and less comedic than Heller s book In saying this Fobbit is still pretty funny in parts imagine The Hurt Locker meets Office Space and there are a number of memorably amusing scenes In particular Abrams portrayal of Aussie soldiers as tanned easygoing and Fosters slugging is pretty funny although I ve never seen a real aussie drink a can of Fosters LagerOverall I enjoyed Fobbit and it flows well Abrams portrayal of war as violent confusing bureaucratic and absurd resonated with me and I felt his authentic experiences as a soldier coming through the pages Fobbit isn t the new Catch 22 but it doesn t need to be

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Fobbit Author David Abrams

David Abrams µ 8 Characters Read & download ✓ Fobbit Author David Abrams 108 The senior staff are concerned about getting to the chow hall in time for the Friday night all you can eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategyDarkly humorous and based on the author's own experiences in Ira Fobbit is a fantastic debut that shows us a behind the scenes portrait of the real Ira w. Making war and death the subject of satire and humor is a monumentally difficult task and only a few like Joseph Heller can pull it off David Abrams achieves that difficult task here and Fobbitt fully warrants its accolades as the Catch 22 of the Ira war It s an eye opening view of the lives of soldiers operating in Forward Operating Base in the middle of Baghdad Public Affairs Office Chance Gooding serves as the moral center of the book and he is fully aware of the futility of what he does filing press releases that distort the harsh realities of the war to keep a positive spin on the effort for the folks at home while the press ignores the military s propaganda because they re way ahead of them in uncovering the real facts of every incident Gooding is surrounded by incompetents his boss who rewrites him mercifully can t stop his nose from bleeding in every moment of crisis and who blotches his clothes with continent shaped food stains from his constant over eating But perhaps the poor soldier you feel most sympathy for the hapless Captain Abe Shrinkle who does everything wrong from peeing himself when a local national and suspected suicide bomber gets his car stuck under a tank to tossing a hand grenade into an American military fuel truck he doesn t want to have be captured by insurgents and in so doing fries a another local who had crawled under the truck His general consigns the inept captain to work the towel service at the FOB s ridiculously ill euipped gym I won t give any away about Shrinkle s fate because it s a key part of the books culmination The characters the plotting and the humor in this book are pitch perfect I enjoyed every page and was sorry to see it end It s one of a number of great books about Irai soldiers that came out this year along with the terrific Ben Fountain s Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk and Kevin Powers Yellow Birds Abrams book reads like an instant classic Abrams is a veteran and every page is fully of anecdotes and insights that only someone s who lived through this would know Care packages are a source of rich satire in the novel as Shrinkle is a hoarder of them but the book still inspired me to send one

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David Abrams µ 8 Characters Read & download ✓ Fobbit Author David Abrams 108 Ting base or FOB is like the back office of the battlefield – where people eat and sleep and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acuainted grunts are playing Xbox and watching NASCAR between missions and a lot of. I read an uncorrected advanced review copy please bear in mind that some of the small problems I saw may have been fixed in the final revisionFirst the positives The book paints a convincing picture of the claustrophobic world of the Forward Operating Base during the early years of the American occupation of Baghdad around 2005 The novel describes daily life of the Army bureaucrats who live and work there fobbits with some of the residents getting a sympathetic rendering than others Along with the Fobbits sharing the same mess hall etc are the door kickers real soldiers who go out on patrol every day and sometimes return with fewer than started We see some of their experiences outside the wall as wellThe central characters of the novel work in the Public Affairs office writing press releases the most important of which of course report news of American soldiers killed in action The press releases go through various levels of editing up the chain of command starting out as bland but somewhat informative accounts of how soldiers died and ending up as mealy mouthed double talk that only mention the soldier s death in passing By the time these virtually useless dispatches have been approved and released The New York times has already reported the story in depth and CNN has shown footage of where it happened Nobody is going to read the stupid press release nobody cares Yet the PA fobbits have to crank them out that s their assigned role in the war effort You have only to imagine Joseph Heller or Kurt Vonnegut telling a similar tale to get the general feel for what Abrams is attempting In one minor recurring piece there is a tiny smelly under euipped gym where some fobbits and some door kickers go to work out Abrams makes you feel how this run down depressing Recreation Facility is the last place anyone would want to be Except anywhere else that is Especially outside the walls of the FOB on the streets of Baghdad where people are trying to kill you Or even in the cubicle warren where minutes go by like hoursSo all of that is goodThe negatives are that Abrams is not yet a Heller or a Vonnegut or a Norman Mailer Abrams s heart is in the right place as he tries to convey the horror and absurdity of war horror that even bureaucrats must sometimes face but his talents don t match his ambition The book never decides whether it s an out and out satire like Catch 22 a uasi realist satire like the TV show MASH or a real character driven novel So as a result the satire tends to be generally mild while the character development is generally weak and predictable And there are literally hundreds of minor instances of cringe inducing sentences metaphors images For example early on a fobbit is described as purchasing a piece of bogus razor sharp shrapnel on the eve of his return to the USA something he can show friends as proof that he was really in a war Abrams explains how the shrapnel was made from a junked car fender by an enterprising Irai using a ball peen hammer But a ball peen hammer doesn t have a sharp edge and couldn t be used to make such a shard This isn t bad writing per se but it s unfortunate If he had just written using a ball peen hammer and a cold chisel there would have been no problem I lay the blame for a lot of these errors at the feet of Abrams s editor I liked the book well enough to finish reading it Abrams has passion and has given us an interesting look inside a Forward Operating Base which is I think a valuable contribution to our understanding of the whole war Abrams is not a horrible writer like for example Dan Brown There s real potential there But I do hope that on his next novel he works with an editor who makes liberal use of the red ink

  • Paperback
  • 384
  • Fobbit Author David Abrams
  • David Abrams
  • English
  • 28 March 2020
  • 9780802120328