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Faces in a Dusty Picture Book Review Summary

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The year is 1940 or '41, the place is Cairo and the surrounding desert. Rommel is on the march, and the British are trying to decide whether to attack or retreat. This slim "slice o' life," written only a year or two after the scenario it evokes, shows what it was like to be in the British army -- from the general to the privates, from a Lieutenant whose father's passing has just made him a lord to a venal quartermaster -- as panic rises and the battle commences. The utterly omniscient narration moves from one consciousness to the next, including Italian and German generals, as men prepare to face war and death. Kersh impressively recreates the tortuous march through the desert, the dreamlike death of an aviator, various battlefield fatalities sudden and slow, and countless other details.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   WW II Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa    -   White Enclave Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   crushed    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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