Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

Anatomy of a Soldier
Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We follow the story of a young British soldier name Tom who is posted to a war zone where the threat of injury is constantly looming. At the very beginning of the novel we learn that Tom has had to have his leg amputated after he stepped on a camouflaged bomb. Over the course of the novel we flick back and forth between present day and the time just before Tom encounters the bomb. Alongside Tom’s story we also follow that of the terrorists and civilians in the nearby village.

I struggled to connect with any of the characters throughout the entirety of this novel. The reason for that is way the story is told. We are guided through the events via the perspective of objects that are near or on the person at the time (for instance Tom’s boots or rucksack). This separation from the mind of the protagonist left me with very little to connect with – I wish I had been able to see more of the characters thoughts and feelings rather than the observations of his prosthetic leg!

All in all it was an interesting read and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about conflict or recovery from war.

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