The Watch

The Watch

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In this powerful novel set in contemporary Kandahar, an Afghan woman approaches an American military base to demand the return of her brother's body.
 
At a stark outpost in the Kandahar mountain range, a team of American soldiers watches a young Afghan woman approach. She has come to beg for the return of her brother's body. The camp's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil as the men argue about what to do next. Taking its cue from the Antigone myth, this significant, eloquent novel re-creates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of war, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers and their families--especially one sister.

Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2012
ISBN: 9780307402233
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 25 cm

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DeltaQueen50
Feb 01, 2016

In The Watch, author Joydeep Bhattacharya draws his inspiration from the Greek myth Antigone and creates a novel of war that touches on themes that are as old as time itself while still infusing the story with modern idiom and pop culture references. An ancient tale brought into today, passed along by different narrators that manages to portray the brutality, stupidity and gut-wrenching violence that war brings to the living.

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shanauer
Sep 26, 2012

Seriously moving. AND a good read.

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Malca
Jul 12, 2012

This powerful tale of modern conflict in Afghanistan will leave you reeling. Based on a retelling of the Greek tragedy, Antigone, the reader is introduced to the ethical dilemmas of the war. Where is the humanity? Great for discussion.

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rene1951
Jun 12, 2012

Why is this in "science fiction-arrived"?

debwalker Mar 21, 2012

Human cost of the Afghan War - on both sides.

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