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Par Clarisse le 29 juillet 2013
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
J'étais très impatiente de lire ce livre car je connaissais la série et j'y avais adhéré tout de suite. Malheureusement, je dois dire que c'est la première fois qu'un livre me passionne moins que la série adaptée. Je crois simplement que mes attentes étaient faussées. Il est vrai que la série est basée sur ce livre mais elle va beaucoup plus loin.
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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HASH(0x964ae420) étoiles sur 5 Heavy Reading 11 février 2006
Par Rockysgal - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am an Army wife and was thrilled to see a modern look at the military wife. The book is extremely well written. The characters were brought out in a manner that humanized them rather than stereotyped. The book is about Army wives at Ft. Bragg during a short time period and does not truly show how happy a lot of us really are. I finished the book and felt really depressed about the deaths and suicides on Ft. Bragg. The 82nd is unique and many Army wives never set foot there. I am a former soldier as well as the spouse of an Army man with 24 years in and we still love it. We do not just help out during funerals. The fun is missing in this book. It is fun to be part of it all-- we are not duty bound to help each other. We do it because we want to do it. The book also keeps bringing up "clean houses" as if that were the most important thing we care about. She mentions funerals and what woman would want a crowd coming through her house without the chance to straighten up. One of the best Army wife moments I ever had was at West Point when another Army family stopped by at 11am on a Sunday morning and seeing the chaos that my house was in just after church she quickly smiled and said, "I live in my house too." That is what Army wives are really like. There are truly many awesome wives out there and more great marriages than bad. The book focuses on mostly bad marriages and tragedy. In this operational environment I was hoping for an inspirational book about Army wives. This book is a page-turner and I could not put it down. After re-reading the jacket I can say the book does advertise itself as being just what it is, but the publicity around the book suggests it gives insight into the world of all Army wives.
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HASH(0x964ae66c) étoiles sur 5 A remarkable book 5 juillet 2007
Par M. Krajeski - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I nearly read this book in one sitting--it was that mesmerizing. As an Army wife for 18 years, I can tell you that Tanya Biank has accomplished what I've never seen: a book about Army life written with a journalist's eye for detail and the understanding, compassionate tone of someone who's been an Army brat and became an Army wife herself. Her research, candor, and writing talents are first-rate as she offers us a window into the lives, personalities, and backgrounds of 4 very different Army wives.

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.

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HASH(0x964ae8ac) étoiles sur 5 Fascinating case studies 10 août 2006
Par Preacher Lady - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As an Army brat and scholar who has done research on the Army life from an anthropological perspective, I found this book very interesting and well-done. It's well-written and is truly in the "case study" style, rather than being a scientific survey of attitudes or events that permeate the lives of Army wives. If that's what you're looking for (as at least one of the disappointed reviewers seems to be) you won't find it here. But if you like to learn about a neglected subculture in the United States by means of closely examining the lives of four disparate Army wives, then this is for you. No, it doesn't include Army husbands, but then the title does say "Wives." Whatever changes are occurring in the Army as far as gender goes, and whether they are positive or negative, the plain fact is that the vast majority of senior officers and NCOs are men, and the vast majority of their spouses are women (don't ask, don't tell, after all). Someone else can write the book on Army husbands, and that could be an interesting read, too. I think the whole point of Ms. Biank's book is that it is the very nature of the military lifestyle that led to the murders at Fort Bragg; they COULD have happened anywhere. The more interesting question is "Why there, why then?" and while Biank doesn't do a stellar job in answering those questions, the fact is there is probably no one "right" answer. Could be coincidence; could be the nature of that particular Army post. While my father worked in Army intelligence, and we sometimes lived on post, it was never the combat-focus in those communities that it seems to be at Fort Bragg. In the Army I saw, there was much more than combat that got done and that was important to the nation's security. At Fort Bragg, life IS focused on combat and readiness for it. Perhaps that's the reason the violence that precipitated those murders was closer to the surface and/or more easily sparked. Again, this book doesn't give a definitive answer to that question, but it IS a fascinating, easy-reading description of the lives of four Army wives, and I was very pleased to make their acquaintance. Whether you're a stranger to the life or a veteran of it, you'll find the book interesting and entertaining, as well as thought-provoking. I recognized all those women -- I think I babysat for all of them or met them when they came to my parents' parties. It'd be a shame to miss their stories.
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HASH(0x964aea50) étoiles sur 5 Narrow focus, truly depressing, misleading 13 mars 2009
Par Avid reader - Publié sur
This book was nothing more than a dreadful look into the lives of a small handful of women who had horrible experiences. Do not judge this book by its cover. Mine displayed a happy couple kissing as they walk out of the church after their wedding under an arch of sabers. What a happy picture. Enjoy it because it's the last happy thing you'll see in this book. The grand title creates the illusion that you will be getting an general, but inside, look at the lives of military wives. A true look at what Army wives face and how they cope.

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.
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HASH(0x964aea68) étoiles sur 5 An Interesting Read, but Misleading Title. 15 juin 2007
Par °¤¿¤° - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I wanted to read this book after discovering that it was the inspiration for Lifetime Televisions's new series, ARMY WIVES. I half expected the book to be just as laughable and absurd as the new TV show, but it wasn't. Ms. Biank is very detailed in her accounts of four Army families, and she does well in portraying their everyday lives, how the military life engulfs all aspects of their lives, and the sorrows and pain they endure. I often find that journalists make the best nonfiction writers sometimes, and the author's writing style was very descriptive.

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.
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