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Review: David Abrams' 'Fobbit' is an impressive Iraq war satire
Review: David Abrams' 'Fobbit' is an impressive Iraq war satire

--------------------FobbitA NovelDavid AbramsBlack Cat: 372 pp., $15 paper--------------------In "Going After Cacciato," Tim O'Brien's brilliantly inventive 1978 novel, the title character seeks to escape the madness of 20th-century warfare by simply walking away from the rice paddies of Vietnam and heading for Paris, some 6,800 miles away. Whether real or imagined, the point of the surreal exercise is to get out of the line of fire — the farther away, the better.The soldiers deployed to Iraq in "Fobbit," a first novel by David Abrams, a former Army public affairs specialist who served there in 2005, are far less adventurous in their approach to staying alive, especially if they...

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