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Dodging Shells ePub í ebook Read ç [PDF / Epub] ☃ Dodging Shells By Wendy Bertsch – The war is raging through Italy in 1943 and a young Canadian soldier struggles to stay alive But nothing can dampen his sense of humour—not hunger or horror or the shellfire that doesn’t always mi The war is raging through Italy inOrror or the shellfire that doesn’t always miss Not month after month in the thick of the fight Tommy is irrepressibleIt doesn’t sound like m The author gives life to a period of time I know very little about—World War II the brave 48th Canadian Highlanders “boots on the ground” fighting force When I finished “Dodging Shells” I was in awe of these men I felt I had a glimmer of understanding about what they endured although I would never claim to truly understand a warrior’s experienceThe story is told through a series of letters from Tommy to his twin sister back in Canada “Kath” The very first letter starts off with a bang as Tommy informs his sister he’s been shot He goes on to reuest some knitted doodad he can use as a battle decoration for his shirt since he’s pretty sure he won’t get an official award Throughout the book I felt that Tommy's concern was for his sister He wrote this way to lighten the mood to calm her fears for him to give her hope for him Though he was the one in constant danger he worried for her safely at homeTommy’s tongue in cheek humor never ever fails in this book a book I would describe as profound and hilarious first hand insight into what it was like to be on the ground involved dead center in this war day and night night and day summer and winter Even when Tommy is being shot at he never loses his sense of humor The reader is right there with him on every page running marching drenched cold hot and wounded Even as he dodges exploding German shells Tommy makes jokes He sees everything every experience as an adventure and I learned a lot from this attitude about “perspective” Because every now and then just enough to vividly portray the dichotomy of it all through the humor through the jokes and wine guzzling the ogling of beautiful women and the primitive conditions even as Tommy and his comrades march fight drink dig holes and dodge shells here and there are brief interjections which bring reality home for instance of using swollen corpses to support gun barrels and aim with accuracy and brothers in arms with limbs or even entire torsos shot away War is no fun but humor can help you keep your sanityTommy is an engaging merry witty man a true “sympathetic protagonist” readers can easily fall a little in love with He’s brave reckless and very humanAn all around great read

ePub Ñ Dodging Shells õ Wendy Bertsch

The war is raging through Italy inand a young Canadian soldier struggles to stay alive But nothing can dampen his sense of humour not hunger or h I have already read and enjoyed the author's first book Once More From The Beginning so was looking forward to reading Dodging Shells I was not disappointed Tommy is a young Canadian soldier stationed in Italy during WW2 who writes to his twin sister of his experiences His letters are both funny and poignant and give a genuine insight into what it must have been like to live through and survive very difficult times He is a wonderful character and I'd defy any reader not to be rooting for him by the end I thoroughly enjoyed this book Wendy Bertsch is an engaging and entertaining author and I look forward to reading from her

Wendy Bertsch õ Dodging Shells book

Dodging ShellsUch fun Well it isthe way Tommy tells it Make no mistake Tommy’s not fiction He was a real soldier and these things happened to him all of them The author has vividly written in epistolary form a young man's World War II experience fighting in Sicily and up through Italy with the 148th Highlanders of Canada It is well written and visual You are beside Tommy as he tries to keep his sense of the ridiculous fighting in issued khaki shorts in mud and rain hoping the winter uniforms catch up to his unit soon; wearing down his boot soles so that a nail digs into his foot; occasionally getting a warm shower from a bath truck Always hungry; always weary; under constant fire as the Allies and sometimes it seems to him the Canadians alone push the Germans north He is the Canadian Soldier Everyman with the red patch He is wounded but he fights on He is wounded again convalesces in north Africa then returns to his unit to fight He deals with the horrors of war the bloated dead bodies of the enemy the loss of buddies the burial details his own possible mortality by fastening on to the silly bits he writes home about His unit searches for wine as it moves through Italian villages He attempts to make rice pudding in a can over a fire He watches a mule circling inside a large vat of wine grapes stomping the grapes and urinating on them And much Highly recommended for the reader of war fiction or nonfiction You won't forget this soldier's experiencesAuthor of The Wolf's Sun A Devil Singing Small