5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply moving and affecting book,
28 Dec 2011
This review is from: Shade It Black (Hardcover)
I really wasnt sure what to expect with this book, but after a few pages the honesty and clarity with which Jessica Goodell recounts her experiences and thoughts hooked me. Some aspects of the book are horrific, but done in a factual and objective way which help you understand the emerging themes of the book about the institutionalisation of the US Marines (and there is some excellent commentary in the book around the perception of female marines) and the impact of the mortuary affairs work that Jessica Goodell undertook. The genius of the book for me is that it deals with the development of traumatic stress but without painting the author as a 'victim' throughout - the style of writing and the emotional intelligence of Jessica Goodell is jaw-dropping.
This is the last book i'll read in 2011 and one that will stay with me long into the future.