- Taschenbuch: 96 Seiten
- Verlag: Nbm (1. November 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1561634646
- ISBN-13: 978-1561634644
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.506.998 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
War Fix (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 2006
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David Axe, a journalist who witnessed the action in Iraq, graphically shares his experience in dealing with his war addiction, the high, and the sheer excitement of being there--in the battle.
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This last character appears about 2/3 of the way though, and is BBC reporter who's spent his whole life covering combat zones. This war junkie is a vehicle for introducing the notion that one can get physically addicted to the stress and excitement of war. The story gets a little creepy in the voyeuristic sense that the protagonist is fascinated by observing the war and loves to write about it, and yet is removed from it -- he can leave any time he wants to. On the whole, the book doesn't really break new ground in terms of message. We all know that war is fascinating and can be addictive, and that 99% of it is spent waiting. Axe is actually writing a regular book called "War Is Boring" about his experiences in Iraq -- that may prove more insightful. Olexa's pen and ink artwork is striking for its balance of realism and dynamism. In keeping with the chaotic nature of war, he's eschewed traditional paneling in favor of more free flowing collages which sometimes span across both pages. While these can be compelling, they are also often confusing when trying to follow the narrative and one can be taken out of the moment in trying to figure out where to look next. In a sense, this works nicely in the sense of paralleling the chaos and uncertainty of war, however, I would have preferred slightly more order. On the whole this is an interesting and ambitious effort which doesn't have much new to say but is worth a look for presenting the material in a different way.
War is hell. Olexa's stark imagery conveys that throughout, exploring many of the kinds of wartime damnation that people bring on others and on themselves. More that just the scenes of war, Olexa explores some of the personalities within it: the professional warfighter, borderline psychotic with a gun, grunt who really doesn't want to be there, and lifelong war correspond who couldn't imagine being anywhere else. These characters appear almost like suits of clothes being modeled for David, to see which fits him best. We never see a response in David's eyes, though - his glasses give whiteout opacity, reminding us always of how little we know the man or what moves him.
Then, with equally blank logic or illogic, David's overseas stint ends. He returns to his girlfriend, or at least his body does. Something, we can't see what, has changed, though, and she leaves. Her parting note ends with the words "... if you find what you're looking for, it's your own damned fault."
I know this one was written first, but it still doesn't change the fact that he did a marginally better job of presenting himself in his next book - and his story wears a trifle thin after two volumes.
Maybe if he actually talked about the kind of things he was reporting from these places it'd be a slightly more interesting book. However, that remains academic and what we got is the tale of depression.