The Yellow Birds: A Novel

The Yellow Birds: A Novel

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A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy… (more)

Editorial reviews (4 reviews)

"The Yellow Birds" might just be the first American literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war, even if an imperfect one. It is, without a doubt, a powerful and disturbing statement about the brutality of that conflict, and of the deep wounds inflicted on thousands of our citizen-soldiers.

Powell is a gifted writer, but more poet than novelist. The Yellow Birds, which should be better than it is, relies far too much on that lyricism and on metaphor for its resonance, and reads in many ways like a prose poem.

Powers hasn’t written a classic war novel yet, but there are enough victories in these pages to suggest he’s marching in the right direction.

Book Details  

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 11, 2012)

Format: EPUB

File size: 970 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Awards: Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2013 winner, Guardian First Book Award 2012 winner

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