- Taschenbuch: 329 Seiten
- Verlag: Bantam Press (31. Dezember 2035)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0593051726
- ISBN-13: 978-0593051726
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.153.496 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Legion of the Lost (Englisch)
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"Legion of the Lost" is a story of horrifying institutionalized cruelty, incredible suffering and amazing fortitude which aims to lay to rest the romantic myths about the French Foreign Legion for ever.
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Jaime Salazar now works for Rosen, a leading pipeline inspector, and lives in Houston, Texas. This is his first book. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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About 10 years later extreme survivor dude Bear Grylls did a 4-part series on FFL boot camp. He and a bunch of other idiots decided it would be good TV to be filmed trying to survive the initial 4 week FFL boot camp. He was right, it made for great TV. And once again visions of white caps danced in my head.
So here I am another 10 years later and I have stumbled on to Jaime’s book. And once again I aimed to get my decade Legion fix. So that’s what I did. So here is what you need to know before purchase… You need to know what the book is and what it is not. There is a surplus of negative comments about this book as you have most likely seen. I humbly believe that those who did not care for the book did not because they were expecting something else. The book is not a military-training-life-in-the-Legion tell all per se; rather it is a personal recount of an intelligent young man searching for purpose and meaning in the French Foreign Legion. It is a story of personal discovery that unfolds as a journey of disenchantment and frustration. I found this to be relatable and enlightening.
There has been a lot of blow back on the subject of Jaime's unscheduled exodus from the Legion. Whether you think this is right or wrong is really not the point. If you take an overview off all Jaime's decisions and actions during this time and look at it for what it is, you see that he is really telling the reader that during this time he was lost and searching. Being lost often leads to less than wonderful decisions as well as an attempt to fill the void with whatever takes meaning at the time. His narrative is filled with dozens of examples of this very thing. What is important is that he tells the whole story. He needs to let the reader to know it without a sugar coating.
Now that being said, did the book have the elements that drove me to it in the first place? It did. In Jaime’s journey there was a solid account of the recruitment process, the brutish inhumane discipline, the uber-intense training; as well as a full clown-college-troupe-of-characters straight out of central casting. Pile on to that Ozzy-level partying coupled with overly debaucherous tales of bedroom lore and you have ‘Legion of the Lost’.
At the end of the day I enjoyed taking a ride on Jaime’s journey; and I think as long as you know what you are in store for, you will to. Bon appetite.