Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 1 novembre 2011
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Le livre vous raconte l'histoire de plusieurs Army wives. Il s'agit d'un témoignage franc et pur et non pas d'une histoire élaborée à partir d'un témoignage. Vous n'apprendrez pas ce que chaque Army wife fait de sa vie ou de son temps libre comme on le voit dans la série, mais vous découvrirez ce que certaines femmes ont vécu. Je m'attendais à un chouette roman pour Ladies, qui me détende, me fasse rire; un peu à la Desperate Housewives. Du coup, l'histoire était un peu trop "réelle", d'où ma déception... Mais cela n'enlève rien au fait qu'il est remarquablement bien écrit et comprend des passages supers même si tristes.
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This isn't the definitive book on Army wives--no one can write that because it's a deeply personal and complex subject that defies description. I think the subtitle is unfortunate, "The Unwritten Code of Army Wives," as if it were a tell-all, but don't be put off.
UNDER THE SABERS is part slice-of-life, part cultural commentary, and part news reporting as Biank's portraits of these Army wives intersect with the sensational national headlines of the murders at Fort Bragg. In the process, she articulates the daily challenges we can all relate to, such as frequent moves, solo parenting, social pressures, and anxiety about our husband's safety. UNDER THE SABERS documents an important and unrecognized social history. It will always have a prominent place on my bookshelf, no matter where we live.
Marna Krajeski, author of HOUSEHOLD BAGGAGE: THE MOVING LIFE OF A SOLDIER'S WIFE.
What it provides is the utterly depressing story of a few women who faced murder, family deaths, illness, abuse, cheating, struggles, and unhappiness. It's not inspiring, and it will certainly not act as any sort of reference for what a new wife might face. As a matter of fact, if I had read this before I married my husband (enlisted infantryman on a career track in the Amry) I would have been terrified about the life ahead.
This title is so misleading that it's almost insulting to military wives who are happy. There are so many women who happily and joyfully approach their military marriages, myself included. We face deployments, moves, seperation, uncertainty, and hard times with faith in our marriages and a true love of our husbands and the Army. We are happy to do whatever necessary to support our husbands, but we also receive love and support in return. We have careers that do not make our husbands jealous, and some of us are even the primary bread winner. We would never think of cheating, and we faithfully provide unwaivering support during deployments. We are happy! And yes, there are families who face struggles, but the community really does come together to help out.
Please do not think that I take the stories in this book lightly. They represent a serious problem, and the women who made it out the other side have true strength that I can only imagine. Not one of thesen women "got what was coming to them", as some people indicated in the book. These stories are horrible and things like this do happen. My point is this: This is not a picture of "The Army". It is not the whole story and it is not the norm in military life. This is the story of a small group from a brief period of time in one town. To imply that the story of such a microscopic minority of Army wives is indicative of what all Army wives face is unfair, misleading, and small-minded. Not one happy person was interviewed, not one happy story was told. Call me and I will tell you how happy I have been with the military life, struggles and complaints included. I will tell you about the military couples that I know who love and support each other, no matter what. They face trials and struggles, but they are in it for the long haul. The one positive thing I can say about this story is that it has made me so aware of how good I have it and so thankful to my husband for being awesome. Other than that, it made me feel sick.
However, I did find it odd that she mentions the fact that Officers' wives and their families seem to receive special treatment in the Army, and in comparison, Enlisted soldiers and their families just barely make enough to scrape by. I found that odd not because it might be true, but because Biank herself shows special treatment to an Officer's wife in her book, as one of her real-life characters does get more ink. It is the wife of a Lieutenant Colonel whose story is the longest of all the four women in the book.
Also, the title itself I found to be misleading. There is no "code" that she mentions in the book, as it seemed that her intentions were merely to tell the story of four soldiers and their wives. The only unknown code that I could gather from her book would be that the Army affects the lives of the spouses just as much as the lives of the soldiers themselves. Perhaps that is only "unknown" because many civilians may not realize it.
Regardless, I enjoyed reading this book and getting an insider's look into life on an Army installation that is home to more than one group of respected soldiers. I liked the little anecdotes Biank mentions here and there throughout her four stories. I recommend this book so long as the reader realizes there is no real "unwritten code" of the book.