Saturday, 5 August 2017
The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick
With each passing chapter, David's abrasive cover was chipped away and I began to meet the proud Vietnam vet who thrived below. I was soon hanging on every word of this man I had thought I couldn't like. There was so much more to him than first appearances could convey. His frank way of talking and his colourful choice of words combined for a refreshing character.
By the time I reached the mid-point of the book, I could not put it down. I had to learn how he would resolve his greatest regret. At time, I did have to stop reading to wipe away copious tears. Some how, a man I didn't think I could understand made me care about him.
An excellent story. It brought me face to face with a time, and soldiers I had only seen portrayed in movies.
Also by Matthew Quick
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
Cover image courtesy Harper Collins Canada.