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Anti-war novel that rides on satire, sarcasm
6 January 2019
Red Bird's is Mohammed Hanif's anti-war novel that mocks not just at the notion of war itself but at the industry and the related paraphernalia. Using a dog as a major narrator, is a device that may not have worked but we get the point. The novel is important because war novels are mostly written by the victor and the aggressor. Our notions of modern war are derived from the many tales from Vietnam, fiction and non-fiction. I was just reading Thom Jones short stories most of it derived format the detritus of Vietnam. Here for one we get a picture from the other side though the main narrator is a shot-down American pilot. Full of brilliant one liners that are sometimes self-deprecatory, often deep, the narrative points to the futility of war. Brilliant.