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timd wrote:
13 Feb 2019, 11:51
I think this book addresses aspects and particularly people who aided in the Great War who have not previously been mentioned.
I think I quite agree with you on this one. The book was an eye opener to me as regards some of the things that happened during the great world war of 1949-1950's.

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I agree that the author did a great job when plotting the book. The way Greg Kater captured the major obstacles of the war made the book very exciting for me. I think that the book reflects our present a little bit. Everything changed a lot throughout time, but past history can be linked to our present day.

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while the story itself prove to be based on WW2 events, it is the morale that i am more interested in - that usually in efforts for collective good there are always those individuals whose priceless sacrifices eludes the public.
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War nowadays seems more accepted? More far from us? I don't know how to put it, but I feel stories from back then seem more familiar, while now humanity has turned so unhuman that we can't get how awful current wars are...

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15 Feb 2019, 17:33
War is so different nowadays, to what it used to be. The mechanism of warfare has become far more high-tech and impersonal. It has also come closer, brought into our homes and lives through advanced communications, social media and the internet. I think the author skillfully captured the war setting of that day, but it is a far cry from what we are exposed to in the present.
I totally agree with you on the issue.

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I liked learning about the different spies, and how they had to side step one another to try and gather information. I guess when I hear of war, I am only thinking of the civilians trying to survive, so it was interesting to view this story from a spy perspective. And really, as much as a war is won on land, it is also a victory to outsmart the enemy behind the scenes.
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It is true that times have changed. We're no longer where we used to be 100 years ago. So I believe this book cannot perfectly reflect present realities.

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Post by flaming_quills »

I think the story partly reflects today's day and age mostly because war and it's rarely drastically different. But also, a significant portion of the story focuses on what happens in the 1950s and in that sense it may not be applicable to people of this century.

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nooregano wrote:
18 Feb 2019, 00:43
Any lesson from the past is also applicable today. Themes of the human condition recur again and again, although they take different forms.
I agree that there are similar themes between present-day war and past wars, but I think Kater still has distinct details of his story's war that differ from what soldiers/citizens of war experience in this day and age.
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War is war. Only the means of war-making change. Hence, any war related novel may feel like reflecting any time. However, the events of this novel are specific to WW-II.

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It does not reflect the society today because back then there wasn't as much development in the world as it is now and I think people were more thoughtful of one another as compared to the current generation.

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In ways, it does reflect our present day. War always has conflict and violence, that hasn't changed. The techniques and strategies have changed. During times of war, it is still a struggle for the soldiers and people left behind. We still have to go through hardships and turmoil. Yes this book does reflect that era but it can also reflect parts of our present day.
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Post by sanjus »

We could imagine that in those day of world war and today there may be difference in concentration of events of blood sheds or holocaust, which give entirely different picture. The book does reflect present day in some parts of world like Iraq and Syria.
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The methods may be different, but the reasons for war have not changed since the beginning of time.

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It doesn't appear to reflect on present day. But, the same cycle take place in war whether it happened today, yesterday, 100 years ago, or it'll happen in 1000 years in the future.

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