The Farther Shore This stark, sweat-soaked novel offers a grunt's-eye view of a U.S. military escapade in an unnamed Third World country that sounds a lot like Somalia… The Farther Shore This stark, sweat-soaked novel offers a grunt's-eye view of a U.S. military escapade in an unnamed Third World country that sounds a lot like Somalia… 2007-09-28 Fiction War Milkweed Editions
Book Review

The Farther Shore (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 28, 2007; Writer: Matthew Eck; Genres: Fiction, War; Publisher: Milkweed Editions

This stark, sweat-soaked novel offers a grunt's-eye view of a U.S. military escapade in an unnamed Third World country that sounds a lot like Somalia (where Army vet Matthew Eck served in the '90s.) Narrator Joshua Stantz and his buddies are sent to restore order to the anarchic capital, but their commanders abandon them when the mission goes awry. Though it stars of like Black Hawk Down, The Farther Shore unexpectedly evolves into a surreal travelogue reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. While Eck remains fuzzy about what the misadventure means (or doesn't), he has a sure grip on his characters; sensory experience of war. B+

Originally posted Oct 12, 2007 Published in issue #959-960 Oct 19, 2007 Order article reprints
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