By James John Magner
A Haunting Beauty is the tale of Jim Magner, artist and strive against platoon chief. the 2 conflicting identities need to coexist in a global of lurking risks, excellent characters and unique good looks. by no means prior to has there been a primary individual account of strive against in the course of the eyes of an artist. The wrestle event hasn't ever been so vividly portrayed via precise identities. Nam is the place the motion is—the final try out for the younger lieutenant. For the painter, battle is destruction and discomfort, the antithesis of paintings, yet he involves take into account that he'll need to reduce throughout the jungles, wade the rivers, and face demise to get past floor appearances. Jim Magner attracts the reader deep into his own international of conflicts and conquests with crisp writing and a glance at strive against that fascinates, elates, and every now and then, stuns. The platoon chief needs to confront the stark realities of survival whereas the artist sees either the gorgeous and the bad via colour and contrasts, and because the composition of a piece of artwork. He discovers the quiet dignity of the warriors, nurses, and purple move “Donut Dollies” in addition to their inevitable conflicts and dependencies whereas they struggle to outlive in a primitive position. Set in 1966, it is a riveting, hugely inventive memoir that's finally now not approximately battle, or maybe Vietnam. It’s a narrative of the way good looks and artwork outline what it truly is to be human—how we engage, think, or even struggle. It’s approximately how conflict brings out the simplest and worst, captured in the course of the eyes of the artist-soldier. It’s a narrative of human feelings: pleasure, worry, anger, unhappiness, and love. And it’s strangely humorous. you are going to come away with a brand new appreciation of ways artwork and wonder are necessary to either the human spirit and the environment—especially in a wrestle area.
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Besides, Janek was also a dear friend of mine. Whenever he and Marina had had a disruption in their relationship, he'd ask me to go for walks with him, and then he would unburden his sorrows and his fears to me. I was proud and happy in this helpful function, but Jerzy was not too happy about these walks. So I had to spend a lot of time assuring him that Janek's love for Marina was the main theme of our talks. One glorious Sunday in autumn our group had set out for a picnic in the Kampinos Forest.
Because of our closeness in age, I must have identified strongly with her certain fate. One day an SS-man came into our cell and told Mary to go with him. She turned to reach for her coat, but he stopped her. She was to go as she was. This usually meant that the prisoner would be executed. First Death Before the war, on behalf of an emaciated horse, my mother used to severely reprimand his indifferent driver. Mary, a girl my age, seventeen, maybe eighteen. We share this prison cell and our youth.
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A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist by James John Magner