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    Read & Download Fobbit by David Abrams Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams David Abrams » 7 review Sir is your captain a complete and utter idiot prone to eating Stupid Sandwiches at every meal?Duret couldn't meet the battle captain's eyes Something like that I guessI had been saving this book for a rainy day that is to say after being in

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    Read & Download Fobbit by David Abrams Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams David Abrams » 7 review If somewhere there is a society devoted to bleakness where to have a bleak outlook is aspired to by all and the highest virtue is to live life as bleakly as possible this book should be on their school syllabus This is not

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    Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) Definitely disappointed with Fobbit Mildly amusing and insightful Ira observations for the first two chapters but then it just begins to tell the same thing over and over There's no central inciting incident or storyline to drive the pages Worst the characters are all treated with an eual and baffling mild authorial disdain or contempt I get the fact that 'Fobbits' are the lowest of the low with their timidness and de

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    Read & Download Fobbit by David Abrams Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) David Abrams » 7 review This brilliant powerfully rendered debut seizes you by the collar; spits shouts whispers and laughs in your ear drags you through the sweat pus blood and grit of war in Ira 2005 and ultimately pulls every string in your heart to reveal at its core as only a true classic war story can the insanity of humans desperately bat

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    Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) David Abrams » 7 review Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams I read an uncorrected advanced review copy; please bear in mind that some of the small problems I saw may have been fixed in the final revisionFirst the positives The book paints a convincing picture of the claustrophobic world of the Forward Operating Base during the early years of the American occupation of Baghdad arou

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    Read & Download Fobbit by David Abrams David Abrams » 7 review Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) It took almost twenty years for the great World War Two books to start to appear; the same can be said for Vietnam books to the extent that the books were set in Vietnam and not simply about the war a la Catch 22 That means we can look forward to the first great Ira War book in about ten years In the meantime we have David Abrams

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    Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) While often praised as hilarious I didn't it find it so funny Sure there were parts that were mildly funny but over all felt the heft of the characters plight and its themesOverall I'd say I enjoyed it than I did The Yellow Birds but not as much as I did Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk I think this book capped off the reading of the other two books nicely and now feel like I can take a bit of a break from rea

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    Read & Download Fobbit by David Abrams David Abrams » 7 review Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams Making war and death the subject of satire and humor is a monumentally difficult task and only a few like Joseph Heller can pull it off David Abrams achieves that difficult task here and Fobbitt fully warrants its accolades as the Catch 22 of the Ira war It's an eye opening view of the lives of soldiers operating in Forward Operating Base i

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    Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) David Abrams » 7 review I'll be honest I did not expect to like this book as much as I did I already knew David Abrams to be a phenomenal writer And I'd read the glowing reviews and blurbs for this novel and was uick to buy it Butan Ira war comedy? But once I began reading I became engrossed in this story and these ragtag Fobbits Abrams immerses you in this world The writing flows seamlessly with sharp dialogue and uick cuts Abrams k

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    Fobbit by David Abrams (FREE) In the spirit of openess I never served never tried to join and therefore cannot comment on the accuracy of this fictional account of behind the scenes operations in Baghdad That being said especially in the case of military oriented books w

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David Abrams » 7 review Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams review Fobbit by David Abrams 107 The senior staff are concerned about getting to the chow hall in time for the Friday night all you can eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategyDarkly humorous and based on the author's own experiences in Ira Fobbit is a fantastic debut that shows us a behind the scenes portrait of the real Ira w. While often praised as hilarious I didn t it find it so funny Sure there were parts that were mildly funny but over all felt the heft of the characters plight and its themesOverall I d say I enjoyed it than I did The Yellow Birds but not as much as I did Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk I think this book capped off the reading of the other two books nicely and now feel like I can take a bit of a break from reading about the Ira war I am happy that all three of these recently published books took on the Ira War with the closeness and truthfulness that fiction allows

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David Abrams » 7 review Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams review Fobbit by David Abrams 107 Fobbit ’fä bit noun Definition A US soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base esp during Operation Irai Freedom 2003 2011 PejorativeIn the satirical tradition of Catch 22 and MASH Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph The Forward Opera. Sir is your captain a complete and utter idiot prone to eating Stupid Sandwiches at every mealDuret couldn t meet the battle captain s eyes Something like that I guessI had been saving this book for a rainy day that is to say after being in something of a slump I saw it as a treat something I knew I would enjoy I was rightThis is a book about American soldiers stationed at an FOB in Baghdad Everyone is calling it the modern Catch 22 but I don t think that s very fair I suppose people always have the urge to compare something to a classic but I wish they wouldn t This book is not really like Catch 22 but since it is about war and has a sense of humor it gets placed side by side with Heller s time honored tome This book is not as funny as Catch 22 and it has a completely different toneEach chapter deals with life from the perspective of different people on base1 Staff Sergeant Chance Gooding Jr a fobbit who never leaves the comforting air conditioning of the relatively cushy FOB Fobbits are soldiers who avoid leaving base and are terrified of gunfire bombs and dying in Ira Soldiers who never get their hands dirty The term fobbit was brand new to me but I am very familiar with the term REMF and fobbits are just about the same thingGooding is a public affairs officer and it s his job to write press releases about what s going on in Baghdad and put a positive spin on things even when there s nothing positive to be spun Abrams puts a lot of humor and sarcasm in a bureaucratic job which basically entails spewing bullshit to the press and the ostrich Americans back home who have their heads in the sand and only want to hear uplifting things about Ira No one wanted to read A soldier was vaporized when his patrol hit an IED his flesh thrown into a nearby tree where it draped like Spanish mossGooding is always reading some classic book A Tale of Two Cities Don uixote etc Once he is even shown reading Catch 22 in what was actually a very funny and meta moment I feel like this character is probably the closest to the actual author He s smart and even though he is a self preservationist who avoids any kind of conflict or combat he seems like a basically likable person He keeps a secret diary about Ira on a thumb drive and it s through this diary that we get to experience a different style of writing than Abrams normally uses2 Lieutenant Colonel Vic Duret This was by far my favorite character a hardass brave decision maker who goes out and faces IEDs terrorists and gunfire every day Even though he puts on a very gruff and tough exterior he spends the book constantly fantasizing about seeing his wife and dog again Especially his wife s breasts which he is rather obsessed about I found this endearing I am a soft touch for a man who loves his wife and dog There were just two things that he wanted at this particular moment his golden retriever Ginger snuffling and slobbering against the palm of his hand and his wife s tit in his mouth While Ginger licked his hand he d suck on his wife like he was a baby and if he was lucky she wouldn t catch him crying over all the bad shit he d brought home from BaghdadHe also is still reeling from the fact that his brother in law was killed in the September 11 attacks He often suffers from visions of his brother in law Ross stumbling around his office engulfed in flames and leaping from the window to a certain death Ross dead Ross dead Ross dead Running through the remains of his office crackling and sizzling flesh dripping off the tips of his fingers legs carrying him forward by reflex alone because there was nothing left inside of Ross not already cooked by fuel and flameThe pounding in Duret s brain vibrated against his sinus cavity Behind the curtain of his fingers he broke into a sweat as inside his head his brother in law bumped against desks and plunged through the blizzard of once important papers finding his way by instinct not sight or touch to the blown out window Once there he launched into the cool blue space soaring aflame into the buffeting wind Ross was already gone no longer the brother in law Vic had fished with laughed with clinked beer bottles with mutually grouched about the wifesister with so it wasn t really Ross that morning who arced like an ember out of the towerHe also loves words and word play for instance he calls Gooding Gooding Two Shoes He is merciful upfront and stalwart probably the closest thing this book comes to a hero figure3 Captain Abe Shrinkle This guy is a complete fuck up and is the source for all the other characters angst in the book as they scramble to try and cover up Shrinkle s incompetence and many mistakes He is indecisive when he needs to act and makes stupid split second decisions when he should be patient and think things through resulting in than one death and a lot of damage to military euipment He s not exactly a comic character seeing as his ineptitude results in people dying once or twice but he is a buffoon character who is swollen with his own self importance and blind to the fact that he s a liability to everyone around himHe s even terrified of the men and women under his command because he knows they hate and despise himHe also does less dangerous but still repulsive things like milk the care package system so he gets three or four boxes full of goodies everyday which he hoards and doesn t share with anyoneShrinkle isn t stuck in one place Abrams gives him an interesting story arc and I liked seeing what kind of trouble he was going to get in next while at the same time feeling disgust for him and all his thoughts and actions4 Lieutenant Colonel Eustace Harkleroad is another comic character a fat weak coward who suffers from nosebleeds and writes simpering letters full of lies to his religious controlling mother back in Tennessee These letters are funny to the reader because Harkleroad fills them with false stories about being brave and saving people when in reality he never leaves the base and is a sniveling moronThis character isn t as funny or as layered as Shrinkle and I feel like Abrams came down a little too heavy on making this character weak and cowardly bloated with self importance pathetic dreams of glory and an obsession with food This is of a caricature than a real man5 Sergeant Brock Lumley a brave decisive soldier who works under the moron ShrinkleFEMALE SOLDIERSThere are two female soldiers that Abrams lightly focuses on Private First Class Allison Anderson and Specialist Cinnamon Carnicle He only paints subdued character studies of these women but doesn t really try to get in their heads which I appreciate Better to back off and not try to write a woman s perspective if you are going to screw it up Some male authors can write great female character POVs etc but most can t and if you can t I d rather you do the smart thing and stick with what you know than attempt a female POV get it horrendously wrong and make me angry with you Props to Abrams for knowing his own strengths and weaknessesI feel like Abrams treats the female soldiers with nothing but respect and good humor He did a great job in this book of making female soldiers present and realINANIMATE OBJECTSThere are two points in the book where Abrams writes from the POV of an inanimate object once a robot that works for the explosive unit and once a mortar shell that is launched by terrorists and is seeking to destroy human flesh I found these intervals interesting and well writtenIn summary a very enjoyable book Abrams doesn t mute or downplay the horrors of war this isn t a rampant comedy but he has a dry delightful sense of humor that pokes fun at army bureaucracy and some of the ridiculous aspects of army lifeUPDATE 06192018I m thinking about re reading this Not only am I constantly recommending it to people IRL but it s still relevant today Great book

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David Abrams » 7 review Download Ü eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » David Abrams review Fobbit by David Abrams 107 Ting base or FOB is like the back office of the battlefield – where people eat and sleep and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acuainted grunts are playing Xbox and watching NASCAR between missions and a lot of. It took almost twenty years for the great World War Two books to start to appear the same can be said for Vietnam books to the extent that the books were set in Vietnam and not simply about the war a la Catch 22 That means we can look forward to the first great Ira War book in about ten years In the meantime we have David Abrams Fobbit Fobbit was for me an exercise in mixed feelings Abrams nails the atmosphere the places the everyday life during a rear area deployment in the Sandbox I was briefly a fobbit like creature in atar which makes a cameo appearance partway through the book the Topoff s moved since you were there Dave I attended those meetings I edited those PowerPoint slides I read those SIGACTs I sat in those operations centers with football or NASCAR on the big screen on Sundays The rhythms of shifts in a windowless box the inanities of staff work the theme menus at the DFAC the dusty little PX been there done that All that part is spot onHowever some of the main caricatures not a typo pushed me out of the story Fobbit has been compared to Catch 22 but the reason the latter has endured as one of the classic antiwar novels is that its characters while tweaked are essentially recognizable humans while the war and the system it engenders are the villains Abrams however stocks his work with several major characters so grotesue that they can exist only as punching bags It s been a long long time since I ve seen an obese slob in uniform far less an obese senior officer I have to hope an infantry officer as spectacularly incompetent as Captain Shrinkle would ve been weeded out before he pinned on his railroad tracks Even the solid characters PR drudge SSG Gooding and battalion commander LTC Duret come to mind fall into repetition of the ualities that make them types rather than humans Ironically Abrams secondary characters are human and believable than some of the major onesGod knows there s plenty to lampoon about our Ira and Afghan misadventures The constantly stirring spaghetti bowl that is H organization the primacy of PowerPoint the transplanted pieces of home that make the theater even unreal the ridiculous attempts by senior leadership to impose chaste wholesomeness on young men and women trained to be aggressive and physical the drumbeat of the deployment calendar these are the latest wrinkles on the human enterprise of war and make for great literary furniture Fobbit touches on all of these and But where Fobbit falls short and what keeps us going back to Catch 22 and MASH and so on is the story of how relatively normal people react to the stresses and absurdities of war This is almost there but it tries too hard and too many of its shots hit in the whiteMaybe in ten years we ll get the Great Ira War Book Until then you can give Fobbit a try The self satirizing world in which it s set is as good a depiction as you ll get but keep a grain of salt or two for the characters

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  • 384
  • Fobbit by David Abrams
  • David Abrams
  • English
  • 28 May 2019
  • 9780802120328