East of Coker

East of Coker AndyOwen
  • Title: East of Coker
  • Author: AndyOwen
  • ISBN: 9780692653890
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • East of Coker AndyOwen East of Coker The lives of Arthur a wounded veteran of an old war the love he left behind an injured veteran of a new war and an Iraqi family in Basra become intertwined as they all try in different ways to cop
    The lives of Arthur, a wounded veteran of an old war, the love he left behind, an injured veteran of a new war and an Iraqi family in Basra, become intertwined as they all try in different ways to cope with the uncertainty the conflicts they have been exposed to has created As their stories eventually collide in a hospital in London, while riots outside get closer each n The lives of Arthur, a wounded veteran of an old war, the love he left behind, an injured veteran of a new war and an Iraqi family in Basra, become intertwined as they all try in different ways to cope with the uncertainty the conflicts they have been exposed to has created As their stories eventually collide in a hospital in London, while riots outside get closer each night, Arthur tries to free himself from the anchors of the past and ensure his new friend does not suffer like he has As Arthur learns how to accept his fate he realises there is one fight he must fight He must reach the woman who has been waiting for him to return, for all these years, before time runs out Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a family try to cope with the consequences of a modern war fought on ancient soil by unwelcome intruders, threatening their way of life and traditions East of Coker moves through a London and an Iraq that shadows TS Eliot s Waste Land, asking what duty do those left behind have to those that would otherwise be forgotten and, how through acceptance of what we have done, who we are, and where we are all inevitably heading to, what happiness can be found This is an ambitious and thoughtful book, valuable both for itself and its charitable links It weaves stories of loss and war around a structure of T.S Eliot s the Waste Land and speaks for, as well as supports, some of those for whom speech is difficult yet necessary in the wake of past trauma Gay Watson, A Philosophy of Emptiness.
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    1. And cold the sense and lost the motive of action.And we all go with them, into the silent funeral,Nobody s funeral, for there is no one to bury.I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon youWhich shall be the darkness of God East Coker, T.S EliotEast of Coker by Andy Owen is a story of damage and recovery of the human psyche in the aftermath of war Not since the Vietnam War, in America, have we seen so many veterans suffer from the effects of combat It is not limited to America eith [...]

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    2. First, I have to say that I don t normally read books like this, but I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and this book sounded intriguing Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on Any Owen s East of Coker This was a captivating novel and very impressive for a debut There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own transitions GREAT character development, even if the developing situation is rather sad [...]

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    3. East of Coker by Andy Owen is hands down one of the most original and well crafted and beautifully written novels or novellas I ve read in a long time Love how it is inspired by T.S Eliot s The Wasteland and I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and his excruciatingly careful attention to detail We feel transported not only into the various characters heads, but the places they are, and it was [...]

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    4. From the opening pages of East of Coker I knew it would be different from the books I ve been reading lately and I was right Mr Owen sets of the scene and characters in a skillful way that not only draws us right in, but creates great visualizations like we are watching a mini series on TV as all the events play out and elicits a genuine emotional investments I truly cared about the characters fates, and was shocked and saddened and inspired at certain things no spoilers An interesting and diver [...]

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    5. In East of Coker, the lives of two different generations intertwine Arthur, a veteran of WWII, befriends a soldier returned from Iraq who is at the same rehab center Both men are separated from the women they love, and alienated from society around them, Arthur by his age and the unnamed veteran of Iraq because of the rage he felt at those who were not properly appreciative of the sacrifices he and his friends had made, a rage that slowly turned inwards and mutated into a self hatred of the path [...]

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    6. EAST OF COKER, BY ANDY OWENPUBLISHER WAR WRITERS CAMPAIGN, INC APRIL 7, 2016When men and women return from a war, sometimes you see physical indications such as a missing limb or scars Other times, you may not see anything in particular, however, that doesn t mean that they are not just as wounded Most people recognize the term PTSD and know now that it can apply to any traumatic experience Andy Owen s novel, East of Coker, goes beyond telling the stories of soldiers suffering from PTSD This out [...]

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    7. The Wishing Shelf Book AwardsBook AnalysisTitle East of CokerAuthor Andy OwenStar Rating 4 StarsEast of Coker is predominantly a character driven novel Bathed in powerful, often highly moving prose, it is a story which cannot be simply put in a box marked Romance or Thriller It is many things a love story, yes, a story of characters coming to terms with a terrible memory Yes An insight into the mind of a man plagued by wars long forgotten by many but never by him Yes, it s that too But, predomin [...]

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    8. This book was surprisingly good Once I started reading I didn t want to stop until I d finished the whole thing, but obviously that was impossible because this is one dense, epic tale even though it s not very long It was all I could do though not to rush it this isn t a quick easy beach read by any stretch, but like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your soul I enjoyed the author s voice and style of writing The various interweaving character plotlines were intellig [...]

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    9. 4.5 stars East of Coker by Andy Owen is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next and even though this is a literary novel through and through, there is never a dull part where you get bored or want to skip ahead in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and their story to the next The descriptions were v [...]

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    10. 4.5 starsIt definitely took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn t really sure where it was going or why I should care But the I read the I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this world and characters Andy Owen created It s weird to think it s actually fiction as parts really seem real, and are relatable to current times I have a feeling that this book and the characters and their fates will stay with me for some time trust me when I say you ve never read anything like this [...]

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    11. 3.5 starsThis book, East of Coker by Andy Owen seems to have something of everything seriously Interpersonal struggles, drama, politics, struggles, deep issues that divide us as people, but I thought the background of the War and people with PTSD and the turmoil there in a way tied it all nicely in that it is just such realistic way, and all these events just felt so relatable even to someone who has never experienced either first hand I was impressed by the seamless narrative transitions, and w [...]

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    12. East of Coker by Andy Owen was incredible I finished it a few weeks ago and am still digesting it I haven t read anything like that in a long time, if ever For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero protag guys, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets, obstacles to overcome, flaws I was totally into the various characters scenes and their heads and feel like I learned something and have a new appreciation for what it s like over there for p [...]

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    13. This was the first book I ve read by this author Andy Owen, but I certainly hope it s not the last He has a gift for writing descriptive and life like scenes that bring the characters to life and their ordeals to life in an insightful and profound manner I like that this book didn t feel stale or derivative of anything I ve ever read before It is a hefty, albeit short read that covers a lot of territory, but does so with remarkable depth considering the heavy subject matters and shorter length o [...]

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    14. To say East of Coker is totally unlike anything I ve ever read before would be an understatement I m not sure how to even describe this book as it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects Smooth pacing, plenty of action, and diverse characters, along with current day mental, emotional, and sociological issues makes this a definite winner in my eyes I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some dee [...]

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