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However, his luck began to change with the arrival of Larry and the opening of the town’s new recreation center, which was dubbed the “ Wreck Center” due to its shoddy refurbishment and its bloody history as the site of a wedding that turned into a mass shooting.

At the bar, the other veterans talk eagerly of their future plans now that the war is over, but never of their experiences overseas. I’ve had many ‘heroes’ in my life- most of them my friends, many inspired me to be a better me, a better Brice. Francis signs up to become a soldier at the age of fifteen and is brutally injured when a bomb blows off his face.I felt that Larry had got his deserved fate when he lost his legs because it meant he could no longer be the Larry LaSalle he was (strutting about like Fred Astaire and with an air of self-confidence) and LaSalle is described as a shadow of who he used to be. Join now to access our Study Guides library, which offers chapter-by-chapter summaries and comprehensive analysis on more than 5,000 literary works from novels to nonfiction to poetry. Since all the others have left, Larry asks Nicole to go put on “Dancing in the Dark:” the song the two had danced to often before the war. Francis gradually slowly his past and his motivation for murder leaving the reader wondering if Francis is punishing Larry for his misdeeds or himself for his own inaction?

He is the keeper of the “Frenchtown Warriors” scrapbook: a collection of news clippings about the young men of Frenchtown who fought in World War II. As I mentioned above, when I first read this novella, I was expecting great things, and ultimately didn't think that I received them.Eventually, one the veterans, Arthur Rivier, recognizes Francis but agrees to keep his identity secret.

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. The most notable example, Larry LaSalle, enlisted in the Marines following the attack on Pearl Harbor.He considers taking Nicole’s advice about taking up writing, or seeking out a plastic surgeon to reconstruct his face. This, my seventh read of the year, is a remarkable book, short and light but it packs an emotional punch.

I'm not much of a historical fiction person and I felt that this book was to short to connect with completely but it is well written. Although no doubt a brave act but in doing so he also saves his own life and as such could be equally regarded as a simple act of self-preservation. According to dictionaries, being a hero means to be a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Oh, I have eyes… but no ears to speak of… was an important quote because it shows the description of the main character, Francis because it explained his life and how he looks like. Francis tells how his unsightly appearance often shocks and disturbs passers-by, and as a measure to prevent this wears a white, silk aviator's scarf around the lower half of his face given to him by his hospital friend Enrico, and a Red Sox cap lowered down over his face.Larry asks a question near to the end of the book that captures the book's central theme perfectly, "Does that one sin of mine wipe away all the good things?

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