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Bartle, 21 ans, est soldat en Irak, à Al Tafar. Depuis l’entraînement, lui et Murph, 18 ans, sont inséparables. Bartle a fait los angeles promesse de le ramener vivant au can pay. Une promesse qu’il ne pourra pas tenir… Murphy mourra sous ses yeux et hantera ses rêves de soldat et, plus tard, de vétéran. 

Yellow birds nous plonge au cœur des batailles où se déroule l. a. vie du régiment conduit par le sergent Sterling. On découvre alors les risks auxquels les soldats sont exposés quotidiennement. Et le retour most unlikely à los angeles vie civile. 

Kevin Powers livre un roman fascinant sur l’absurdité de l. a. guerre, avec une strength aussi réaliste que poétique.

« Kevin Powers a écrit le À l’ouest rien de nouveau des guerres américaines en terre arabe. » 
Tom Wolfe« Un prime roman puissant et émouvant. » 
New York Times« Essentiel. À lire absolument. » 
The Guardian« Littéraire, sobre et envoûtant. » 
Time Magazine« Dévastateur. » 
Damian Lewis, Homeland 

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Winfield and Ruthie also work, as does Ma, who comes late because Rose of Sharon has fainted. Ma takes the earnings to the ranch store, and discovers prices are much higher than she imagined. She is insistent that Tom has his sugar, and after some debate the clerk takes a dime 38 from his pocket and says Ma can pay him back with the next day’s wages. This random act of kindness continues Ma’s education into the workings of this new world. “Learnin’ it all a time, ever’ day,” she says to herself, as the screen door swings shut, “If you’re in trouble or hurt or in need—go to poor people.

4 (January 1941). 44 Con Davis, Robert, ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations: The Grapes of Wrath. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982. Heavilin, Barbara A. John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. Railsback, Brian E. Parallel Expeditions: Charles Darwin and the Art of John Steinbeck. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 1995. 45 Critical Views STANLEY KUNITZ ON VULGARITY IN THE NOVEL A book is published by one of our best novelists.

Surely this dead infant, prophet of solidarity and “wrath,” can also be paralleled with the same year-myth of 49 “human sacrifice” that Eliot exploits, with all its suggestions of Nature-appeasement—and in a similar texture of spring’s ironies. The exploration of Steinbeck’s awareness and employment of myth has barely begun, in other words. BRIAN E. RAILSBACK ON DARWINISM A study of Charles Darwin and the art of John Steinbeck must, like any expedition through the novelist’s life work, finally arrive at his masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath.

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