The Watch

The Watch

A Novel

Book - 2012
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   Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother's body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic, or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? Single-minded in her mission, she refuses to move from her spot on the field in full view of every soldier in the stark outpost. Her presence quickly proves dangerous as the camp's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when the men begin arguing about what to do next.
   Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's heartbreaking and haunting novel, The Watch , takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya brilliantly recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, their families, and by one sister. The result is a gripping tour through the reality of this very contemporary conflict, and our most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of war.

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Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307955890
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 01, 2016

In The Watch, author Joydeep Bhattacharya draws his inspiration from the Greek myth Antigone and creates a novel of war that touches on themes that are as old as time itself while still infusing the story with modern idiom and pop culture references. An ancient tale brought into today, passed along by different narrators that manages to portray the brutality, stupidity and gut-wrenching violence that war brings to the living.

Sep 26, 2012

Seriously moving. AND a good read.

Jul 12, 2012

This powerful tale of modern conflict in Afghanistan will leave you reeling. Based on a retelling of the Greek tragedy, Antigone, the reader is introduced to the ethical dilemmas of the war. Where is the humanity? Great for discussion.

Jun 12, 2012

Why is this in "science fiction-arrived"?

debwalker Mar 21, 2012

Human cost of the Afghan War - on both sides.


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