David Abrams served in Iraq with the US Army.
The story: A group of soldiers in Iraq gather after a memorial service for a fallen comrade and try to make sense of the many casualties their unit has suffered.
Characters: An unnamed first-person narrator, an Army soldier. Several other unnamed soldiers.
Themes: Honoring fallen soldiers, considering the possibility of one’s own death
- What is the attitude of the soldiers in the story?
- Has the memorial service allowed the soldiers to honor their fallen comrade, or is something missing?
- How do soldiers understand the possibility that they might be killed at any time?
For further exploration, watch this video of David Abrams speak about his novel Fobbit:
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