hey guys, i need some help.
I vaguely remember a while back someone saying something about a guy that used to be in the army. maybe he was a soldier in nam or something. anyway, he begain writing fiction and was of course getting all his 'head authority' stuff from his non-fiction experience. ie; jargon, weapon info etc.
i'm just wondering what his name was. anyone?
i'm having a spike in interest in the war at the present, particularly the war on terror that is still happening in afghanistan. why? well, i work with this lady and her son has just coe back from a 10 month stay on the frontline. shooting people and getting bombed and shit. heavy. she's telling me bits and pieces of what happened, what he's going through etc. and it's sick. and sad. she said he watched the hurt locker the other day (which is meant to be an as close as you can get to real without it being non-fiction account of the war) and said it was nothing like it. so yet again, hollywood and the media has sensationalised the war. i mean, you should see the fucking tv commercials we have running on the tv to join the army/navy/airforce. it's sick. these kids are still young, and they have no idea what they're getting themselves into. and when the get back they're ruined. they can't live in normal society anymore because they have that many anxiety issues and they just can no longer relate with normal people, because i guess, they've seen shit that we have no idea about.
also, i've been brainstorming a story, probably novel length, in my head for a while now. it would be a story about a soldier. but it wouldn't be a war story, per se. probably more of a coming-of-age story, i guess. i'm just fascinated about this and i'd love to use it as a frame to tell a story, a real one, about what these boys are dealing with.
anyway, it's just completly sucked me in, and i'm doing a journalism subject at uni at the moment, and the end of year assesment is a character profile. i wanted to d osomething a bit different anyway, so i was thinking i may try and interview a soldier that has come back from the war recently. only thing is; i probably won't be able to because i don't think they're allowed to talk to media-types. not that i am one. but you know.
soooooo... (sorry guys) does anyone know of any decent books, fiction or non-fiction, that deal with any REAL issues from the war. i'm talking, behind the scenes shit. the shit the papers don't tell you. preferably australian, but hey, i'm open for anything at this stage because i don't think it's the type of info that is easily attainable.
/end complete ranting thread. sorry.