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By Caleb S. Cage

Desert Mementos is a set of loosely attached brief tales set in the course of the early phases of the Iraq conflict (2004 and 2005). The tales rotate from battles with insurgents and the drudgery of the conflict desktop in Iraq to Nevada, the place characters are both getting ready for battle, escaping it in the course of their go away, or returning home having visible what they’ve seen.


Cage captures similarities within the respective wilderness landscapes of either Iraq and Nevada, however it is not only a learn in contrasting landscapes. The inter-connected tales discover similarities and ameliorations in human wishes from the views of tremendously diverse cultures. in particular, the tales deftly seize the overlap within the respective wilderness landscapes of every zone, the contrasting cultures and worldviews, and the typical want for desire. Taken jointly, the tales characterize the arc of a year-long deployment through younger squaddies. Cage’s tales are certain jointly by way of the soldier’s searing reports within the wilderness, bookended through leaving and returning domestic to Nevada, which in lots of methods might be simply as disorienting as patrolling the Iraq desert.

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