Red Birds

Red Birds An American Pilot Crash Lands In The Desert, Unprepared For Any Situation That Can T Be Resolved With The After Eight Mints In His Survival Kit Hallucinating Palm Trees And Dehydrating Isn T Major Ellie S Idea Of A Good Time, But He Figures It S Less Of A Hassle Than Another Marital Spat Back Home In A Neighbouring Refugee Camp, Momo Has His Own Problems His Money Making Schemes Aren T Working Out As Planned, His Dog Has Ideas Above His Station And An Academic Researcher Has Shown Up To Study Him For Her Thesis On The Teenage Muslim Mind And Then There S The Matter Of His Missing Brother I ll start with a confession If I had known before I picked this book up that a large part of it would be narrated by a dog, I probably would not have wanted to read it I have a poor track record with books narrated by animals Perhaps especially, as in this book, when the animal concerned turns out
We are not here to save our national honour, we are not here to save our national anything There can be no victory if I don t take my firstborn home My son s safety is my victory That s my entire war plan That s my ideology That s my tactics That s my strategy If we crossed Catch 22 with Frankenstein in Baghdad, threw in some Salman Rushdie stylistics and maybe a soupcon of Home Fire, with a smattering of The Girl in Green over the top would Red Birds be the result I see other reviWe are not here to save our national honour, we are not here to save our national anything There can be no victory if I don t take my firstborn home My son s safety is my victory That s my entire war plan That s my ideology That s my tactics That s my strategy If we crossed Catch 22 with Frankenstein in Baghdad, threw in some Sa
Wow, this novel is greater than the sum of all of its collective parts, even when those components are spectacular in their own right Firstly, I wish to address the many reviewers who have labelled this as weird, and just like those kids who were labelled as such throughout my school years, all it really means is different If different, unique and inspired aren t words that pique your
One of several disappointments in this year s Man Booker list was the lack of any non UK Irish and North American voices, a lack that is increasingly becoming a feature of the prize in recent years One obvious omission was this book, the latest novel by Mohammed Hanif, who was previously longlisted for his debut novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, in the deliberatelydiverse list chosen by the 2008 jury Interestingly though the 2008 panel had to call in the novel as it wasn t submitted by One of several disappointments in this year s Man Booker list was the lack of any non UK Irish and North American voices, a lack that is increasingly becoming a feature of the prize in recent years One obvious omission was this book, the latest novel by Mohammed Hanif, who was previously longlisted for his debut novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, in the deliberatelydiverse list chosen by the 2008 jury Interestingly though the 2008 panel had to call in the novel as it wasn t submitted by the publishers, and one wonder if publishers rather than the jury are responsible for the rather narrow 2018 list.Red Birds is set in a
This book, with it s flashes of brilliance and thorough weirdness is hard for me to rate It is the kind of book that Booker judges love Clever, ridiculously funny in parts while it s utter grimness makes it not amusing in the slightest There is no doubt that the author is a master of metaphor and the writing is engaging, particularly in the beginning and end but I found myself having to re read parts to figure out whose voice I was reading.Ellie is a pilot whose plane has come down in the des This book, with it s flashes of brilliance and thorough weirdness is hard for me to rate It is the kind of book that Booker judges love Clever, ridiculously funny in parts while it s utter grimness makes it not amusing in the slightest There is no doubt that the author is a master of metaphor and the writing is engaging, particularly in the beginning and end but I found myself having to re read parts to
Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI hadn t read any of Mohammed Hanif s writing before so went into Red Birds with no preconceptions and absolutely loved every page of this novel The story is told mostly through three points of view although others join in the later stages American pilot, Major Ellie local teenager, Momo and Momo s dog, Mutt Don t be put off by the idea of a talking dog Mutt s humour did remind me a little of Manchee in The Knife Of Never Letting Go h Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI hadn t read any of Mohammed Hanif s writing before so went into Red Birds with no preconceptions and absolutely loved every page of this
Red Birds Major Ellie, a US airman, has ejected from his plane in the desert It s never quite clear which desert sometimes it is near Mosul, at others it is near Kandahar Major Ellie has to find water and a way out pretty damn quick So it is fortuitous when he is discovered by Mutt the dog, and Mutt s owner Momo, a fifteen year old boy who lives in the refugee camp.The first section of the book feels familiar It s a desert survival refugee camp narrative just like many others The Kills c Red Birds Major Ellie, a US airman, has ejected from his plane in the desert It s never quite clear which desert sometimes it is near Mosul, at others it is near Kandahar Major Ellie has to find water and a way out pretty damn quick So it is fortuitous when he is discovered by Mutt the dog, and Mutt s owner Momo, a fifteen year old boy who lives in the refugee camp.The first section of the book feels familiar It s a desert survival refugee camp narrative just like many others The Kills comes to mind The section and indeed the first 80% of the novel is told from alternating perspectives of Ellie, Momo and Mutt Ellie as he searches for water
In this crazy contemporary world we sometimes need to look to the world of fiction to make sense of it This I believe is the case with Mohammed Hanif s new novel with its absurdist and metaphysical look at the realities of what the impact of the term foreign intervention really means on all those involved in such a conflict The story revolves around Major Ellie an American pilot who crashes in the desert while on a bombing mission After severa
I am left feeling a little weird about this, I just didn t get it I am not sure if it was the style of writing or the story line It got weirder and weirder and not in a good way The first book I ve read for Netgalley and haven t liked A wonderful satire on the current state of world affairs One of the most powerful voices out of Pakistan