Book - 2014 | First Picador edition.
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Conrad Farrell does not come from a military family, but as a classics major at Williams College, he has encountered the powerful appeal of the Marine Corps ethic: Semper Fidelis comes straight from Sparta, a society where every citizen doubled as a full-time soldier. When Conrad graduates, he joins the Marines to continue a long tradition of honor, courage, and commitment over the course of a four-year tour in Iraq. When we meet him, he has just come home to Katonah, New York. As Conrad attempts to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love. Gradually, he awakens to a growing rage and the realization that something has gone wrong.

Suspenseful, compassionate, and perceptive, Roxana Robinson's Sparta "is a beautifully written novel that illuminates what happens when we're estranged from the world as we know it" ( Chicago Tribune ).

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2014.
Edition: First Picador edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250050175
Branch Call Number: ROB
Characteristics: 386 pages


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Oct 27, 2014

I thought the author did an excellent job of seeing through the eyes of a war veteran who attempts to transition back into civilian life. His struggles & flashbacks seemed to be much like what real life veterans ex-perience when they return from Iraq & Afghanistan. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book.

Sep 28, 2013

An utterly absorbing book - I was swept into the story of this Marine's fierce struggles to adapt to life back in the US. (after his four years serving in Iraq), and moved to tears by the end. I feel I understand a little more why my grandfather would never speak about his experiences in WW One. More needs to be done to help soldiers returning to civilian life!

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