Sledge is a sensitive and intelligent young narrator, one who is eager to serve his country. He crafts his account carefully, never quick to judge, always appreciative of the glimpses of valor and nobility he sees amongst his fellow Marines.
Sledge does not flinch from describing atrocities committed by American as well as Japanese soldiers--nor does he apologize for them. Desperate times result in desperate actions, and his description of the Pacific war's hellish and nightmarish conditions make one begin to appreciate that desperation. Almost miraculously, Sledge survives. Even more wonderously, he survives as a human being and gentle man, despite his extended immersion in war's barbarity....Continua