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With profound emotional insight especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel about the costs of war that is destined to become a classicThe war tried to kill us in the spring begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss In Al Tafar Ira twenty one. THE WAR TRIED to kill us in the spring As green greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed we patrolled the low slung hills beyond the cities and towns We moved over them and through the tall grass on faith kneading paths into he windswept growth like pioneers While we slept the war rubbed its thousand ribs against the ground in prayer When we pressed onward through exhaustion its eyes were white and open in the dark While we ate the war fasted fed by its own deprivation It made love and gave birth and spread through fireI read this opening paragraph and then as I tend to do I read it out loud to my wife as she was making I wrote fixing first but then realized that was a nonsensical Kansas word supper Her response was WOW If you decide to read this book you will experience jaw dropping lyrical sentences describing the fear of combat the futility of war and the life that has to be rediscovered afterwards Kevin Powers volunteered to join the army and served in Ira from 2004 2005 as a machine gunner He was in the Tal Afar and Mosul region see map above showing the location of the events in the novel in the Northern part of the countryand that is also the same areas patrolled by Bartle Sterling and Murph in the novel Machine Gun Operator in IraPowers then studied English at VCU and went on to get his MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for writers at the University of Texas He is a poet and it shows in his prose When the mortars fell the leaves and fruit and birds were frayed like ends of rope They lay on the ground in scattered piles torn feathers and leaves and the rinds of broken fruit intermingling The sunlight fell absently through the spaces in the treetops here and there glistening as if on water from smudges of bird blood and citrus We see everything through the eyes of Private Bartle who is desensitized by the war so spiritually removed from his day to day activity that without ingrained training I wonder if he could have functioned at all Despite the fact that Bartle is shutting down aging with each new horrific experience he has these moments where he describes a scene so vividly so wonderfully that I actually felt my heart rate increase because words excite me His war buddy is Murph and though he cares about Murph there is this distance between him and everyone as if all that he experiences is happening to someone else Survival instinct or someone who has reached a limit of emotional responseMurph dies Now that is not giving away the plot because it is referenced early in the book The book skips around between 2004 and 2005 in Ira and also to the time when Bartle returns home The glue that strings the plot together is the death of Murph and how Bartle deals with the complicated aspects of that death and the aftermath Anyone can feel shame I remember myself sitting in the dirt under neglected and overgrown brush afraid of nothing in the world than having to show myself for what I had become I wasn t really know around there anyway but I had the feeling that if I encountered anyone they would intuit my disgrace and would judge me instantly Nothing is isolating than having a particular history At least that is what I thought Now I know All pain is the same Only the details are different Mosul IraSergeant Sterling is the veteran of the group an ancient 24 year old that is trying his best to survive but maybe not sure why he is trying so hard any He is a volatile man brutal and unpredictable One of those guys that make you wonder if he can ever adjust to regular society again I hated the way he excelled in death and brutality and domination But than that I hated the way he was necessary how I needed him to jar me into action even when they were trying to kill me how I felt like a coward until he screamed into my ear Shoot these hajji fs Murph is 18 signed up when he was 17 one of those statistics that made me wince every Sunday morning when I would tune into This Week with George Stephanophoulos At the end of the program they would always have an In Memorium segment that would list the deceased from Ira and Afghanistan with their ages and where they were from My wife and I would usually end up a little teary eyed every week as those names for a moment became very real for us I used to have a Marine recruiter that lived across the street from me I mentioned to him how devastating it was to see the names of these kids that were sitting in high school classrooms just months before they died overseas He replied to me that they had realized the political ramifications of that and now were holding up deploying Marines to combat zones until they turned 19 He could have just been bullshitting me He was a spin doctor patrolling the mall daily looking for kids with nothing to do as if 19 was so much better than 18 but I did notice that average ages of the deceased soldiers did spring up especially after Bush called up and deployed all those reservists Soldiers Tal Afar The world makes liars of us allObviously one cannot read a book like this without thinking about this war the causes the instigators the liars the waste the shattered lives and a secretary of defense demanding a country to go to war with that had hard targets Afghanistan was a bit of disappointment to Rumsfeld in that regard I don t want to detract from the accomplishments of Powers by spilling the vitriol of my own issues with this war This book certainly had an impact on me The two days that I spent reading passed in a fog I was grumpy and a bit detached myself My stomach felt tight and my thoughts were all weighted This war reminds me too much of Vietnam I had flash backs to that fine novel Matterhorn When you fight a war putting your life on the line you want an objective and with that objective you want to know what you need to do to win We keep fighting these wars that we can t win We kill people so somebody can put another chalk mark on a board but those deaths never get us any closer to winning Powers explains it for me I thought about my grandfather s war How they had destinations and purpose How the next day we d march out under a sun hanging low over the plains in the east We d go back into a city that had fought this battle yearly a slow bloody parade in fall to mark the change of season We d drive them out We always had We d kill them They d shoot us and blow off our limbs and run into the hills and wadis back into the alleys and dusty villages Then they d come back and we d start over by waving to them as they leaned against lampposts and unfurled green awnings while drinking tea in front of their shops People are mentioning this fine young writer in the same breath as Tim O Brien and Erich Maria Remarue I won t disagree with them I m even thinking this won t end up being his best book The promise he shows in this book has me excited about what he will do next Highly recommended with a shot of bourbon and a beer chaserIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress you will experience jaw dropping lyrical sentences describing the fear of combat the futility of war and the life that has to be rediscovered afterwards Kevin Powers volunteered to join the army and served in Ira from 2004 2005 as a machine gunner He was in the Tal Afar and Mosul region see map above showing the location of the events in the novel in the Northern part of the countryand that is also the same areas patrolled by Bartle Sterling and Murph in the novel Machine Gun Operator in IraPowers then studied English at VCU and went on to get his MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for writers at the University of Texas He is a poet and it shows in his prose When the mortars fell the leaves and fruit and birds were frayed like ends of rope They lay on the ground in scattered piles torn feathers and leaves and the rinds of broken fruit intermingling The sunlight fell absently through the spaces in the treetops here and there glistening as if on water from smudges of bird blood and citrus We see everything through the eyes of Private Bartle who is desensitized by the war so spiritually removed from his day to day activity that without ingrained training I wonder if he could have functioned at all Despite the fact that Bartle is shutting down aging with each new horrific experience he has these moments where he describes a scene so vividly so wonderfully that I actually felt my heart rate increase because words excite me His war buddy is Murph and though he cares about Murph there is this distance between him and everyone as if all that he experiences is happening to someone else Survival instinct or someone who has reached a limit of emotional responseMurph dies Now that is not giving away the plot because it is referenced early in the book The book skips around between 2004 and 2005 in Ira and also to the time when Bartle returns home The glue that strings the plot together is the death of Murph and how Bartle deals with the complicated aspects of that death and the aftermath Anyone can feel shame I remember myself sitting in the dirt under neglected and overgrown brush afraid of nothing in the world than having to show myself for what I had become I wasn t really know around there anyway but I had the feeling that if I encountered anyone they would intuit my disgrace and would judge me instantly Nothing is isolating than having a particular history At least that is what I thought Now I know All pain is the same Only the details are different Mosul IraSergeant Sterling is the veteran of the group an ancient 24 A Millionaire for Cinderella (In Love with the Boss year old that is trying his best to survive but maybe not sure why he is trying so hard any He is a volatile man brutal and unpredictable One of those guys that make Tame A Wild Stallion you wonder if he can ever adjust to regular society again I hated the way he excelled in death and brutality and domination But than that I hated the way he was necessary how I needed him to jar me into action even when they were trying to kill me how I felt like a coward until he screamed into my ear Shoot these hajji fs Murph is 18 signed up when he was 17 one of those statistics that made me wince every Sunday morning when I would tune into This Week with George Stephanophoulos At the end of the program they would always have an In Memorium segment that would list the deceased from Ira and Afghanistan with their ages and where they were from My wife and I would usually end up a little teary eyed every week as those names for a moment became very real for us I used to have a Marine recruiter that lived across the street from me I mentioned to him how devastating it was to see the names of these kids that were sitting in high school classrooms just months before they died overseas He replied to me that they had realized the political ramifications of that and now were holding up deploying Marines to combat zones until they turned 19 He could have just been bullshitting me He was a spin doctor patrolling the mall daily looking for kids with nothing to do as if 19 was so much better than 18 but I did notice that average ages of the deceased soldiers did spring up especially after Bush called up and deployed all those reservists Soldiers Tal Afar The world makes liars of us allObviously one cannot read a book like this without thinking about this war the causes the instigators the liars the waste the shattered lives and a secretary of defense demanding a country to go to war with that had hard targets Afghanistan was a bit of disappointment to Rumsfeld in that regard I don t want to detract from the accomplishments of Powers by spilling the vitriol of my own issues with this war This book certainly had an impact on me The two days that I spent reading passed in a fog I was grumpy and a bit detached myself My stomach felt tight and my thoughts were all weighted This war reminds me too much of Vietnam I had flash backs to that fine novel Matterhorn When Daddy By Choice you fight a war putting Stealing Kisses your life on the line One Breathless Night / Insatiable you want an objective and with that objective Old Flame, New Sparks you want to know what Lone Star Baby Bombshell you need to do to win We keep fighting these wars that we can t win We kill people so somebody can put another chalk mark on a board but those deaths never get us any closer to winning Powers explains it for me I thought about my grandfather s war How they had destinations and purpose How the next day we d march out under a sun hanging low over the plains in the east We d go back into a city that had fought this battle Lullabies and Lies yearly a slow bloody parade in fall to mark the change of season We d drive them out We always had We d kill them They d shoot us and blow off our limbs and run into the hills and wadis back into the alleys and dusty villages Then they d come back and we d start over by waving to them as they leaned against lampposts and unfurled green awnings while drinking tea in front of their shops People are mentioning this fine One Night In New York young writer in the same breath as Tim O Brien and Erich Maria Remarue I won t disagree with them I m even thinking this won t end up being his best book The promise he shows in this book has me excited about what he will do next Highly recommended with a shot of bourbon and a beer chaserIf A Night to Remember you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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The Yellow Birds

Year old Private Bartle and eighteen year old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city In the endless days that follow the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side the insurgents physical fatigue and the mental stress that comes fr. Let me tell you right now that this book is going to hurt The suffering the Irai War veterans endure in this book will touch a raw spot in you that you might prefer not to experience You will probably like me have a lump in your throat and teary eyes most of the time when reading this excellent first novel by Kevin Powers 5 stars all around and I m looking forward to reading all future books by Powers a combat veteran of the Ira war

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Om constant danger Bound together since basic training when their tough as nails Sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible action. The Yellow Birds is a fictionalised account of a young American soldier s experiences while on a tour of duty in Ira in 2004 That this book has been published and is getting a wide readership is important because any and every account in whatever medium which underlines the absurdity of war is needed urgently until the sending out of young men to fight senseless wars becomes a thing of the past Powers was 17 when he joined the army and what I d really like to have read is his diary from that time or some other such personal account of his tour of duty Soldiers managed to blog from Ira in the early years and that first hand reporting was amazing It wasn t trying to be literature it was just about telling it as it happened However since Powers was inspired to write a fictionalised account rather than an autobiographical one I would have preferred it without the fragmented style I just wanted him to tell his story straight instead of endlessly circling around it However he uses some interesting images and the language was uite poetic at times but at other times there was a lack of rhythm that tripped me up I found myself recalling other accounts of war which had grabbed me immediately and kept me fascinated and wondered what was that magic ingredient which had made them stand out There were a couple of pages towards the end of this book which worked well for me where I said yes finally this is his true voice and I was greatful for themThe other uibble I have is that any Irai point of view whatever is very much missing from Power s account He has an Irai interpreter character and speaks of buying food in local markets but doesn t use those opportunities to give an insight into what it may have been like for the localsFor anyone interested there was a blog by some women in Baghdad that is now available in book formBaghdad Burning Girl Blog From Ira


10 thoughts on “The Yellow Birds

  1. says:

    THE WAR TRIED to kill us in the spring As green greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed we patrolled the low slung hills beyond the cities and towns We moved over them and through the tall grass on faith kneading paths into he windswept growth like pioneers While we slept the war rubbed its thousand ribs against the ground in prayer When we pressed onward through exhaustion its eyes were white and open in the dark

  2. says:

    Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds is a powerful novel which centers on a soldier fighting in the Irai War and what awaits him when he returns to civilian life in Virginia Powers’ opening lines—“The war tried to kill us in the spring”—e

  3. says:

    I've put off writing this review for a few days now while I mulled the book over because something in it just didn't work

  4. says:

    The Yellow Birds wins the 2012 Guardian First Book Award Review can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudThe 2017 film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Bartle gets a solid 4 stars of five from me and is available free to Prime members

  5. says:

    Let me tell you right now that this book is going to hurt The suffering the Irai War veterans endure in this book will touch a raw spot in you that you might prefer not to experience You will probably like me have a lump in your throat and teary eyes most of the time when reading this excellent first novel by Kevin Powers 5 stars a

  6. says:

    As a chaplain in a VA hospital I don't meet many former warriors who consider themselves heroes nor many who think that war is necessary There is nothing romantic or beautiful about it Some will speak broadly of their experience but only a few will talk about its horror And so I turn to literature to help me understand I think of The Iliad 1 and 2 Samuel War and Peace All uiet on the Western Front Blood Meridian Catch 22 Slaughte

  7. says:

    The first lines of Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds announces that it intends to be a classic war novel to be placed on the shelf somewhere between All uiet on the Western Front and The Things They Carried The war tried to kill us in the spring As grass greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed we patrolled low slung hills beyond t

  8. says:

    First off I want to say that the problem with this book is probably with me Many deeper thoughtful readers loved it and I might have enjoyed it

  9. says:

    The Yellow Birds is a fictionalised account of a young American soldier’s experiences while on a tour of duty in Ira in 2004 That this book has been published and is getting a wide readership is important because any and every account in whatever medium which underlines the absurdity of war is needed urgently until the sending out of young men to fight senseless wars becomes a thing of the past  Powers was 17 when he joined

  10. says:

    My dad was a cold warrior serving in the Air Force from before my birth to well into my adult years Part of that time was spent serving in Vietnam and Thailand and yes there was combat in Thailand at the time where he was a radio operator who also served on base defense whenever his base was attacked Apparently this happened a few times in hi

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