《Bran-New + The Demon In & Outside Us》Jen Percy - DEMON CAMP : The Strange and Terrible Saga of a Soldier's Return from War
This New York Times Notable Book in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM70.56. Now here Only at RM14. ★★ A New York Times Notable Book ★★ A Buzzfeed Best Nonfiction Book of 2014 ★★ A Flavorwire Best Nonfiction Book of 2014 A riveting work of immersive nonfiction by a young, award-winning writer that begins with the story of a charismatic man—a Special Ops soldier who believes his PTSD is caused by demons—but becomes about the author’s obsession with the strange and mesmerizing world she encounters. In 2005 a Chinook helicopter carrying sixteen Special Ops soldiers crashed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan, killing everyone on board. In that instant, machine gunner Caleb Daniels lost his best friend, Kip, and seven members of his unit. Back in the US, Caleb begins to see them everywhere—dead Kip, with his Alice in Wonderland tattoos, and the rest of them, their burned bodies always watching him. But there is something else haunting Caleb, too—a presence he calls the Black Thing, or the Destroyer, a paralyzing horror that Caleb comes to believe is a demon. Alone with these apparitions, Caleb considers killing himself. There is an epidemic of suicide among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder who cannot cope with ordinary life in the aftermath of explosions and carnage. Author Jen Percy finds herself drawn to their stories. Her main subject, Caleb, has been bringing damaged veterans to a Christian exorcism camp in Georgia that promises them deliverance from the war. As Percy spends time with these soldiers and exorcists—finding their beliefs both repellant and magnetic—she enters a world of fanaticism that is alternately terrifying and welcoming. Jennifer Percy spent three years with a group of Christians in rural Georgia who performs exorcisms on the traumatized. In the tradition of Dennis Covington’s Salvation on Sand Mountain, Demon Camp is the strange and riveting tale of Percy’s journey into a world she is fascinated by, suspicious of, sympathetic to, and a world she becomes a part of. As she struggles to understand this soldier’s homecoming she crosses the line between journalist and participant, becoming exorcised herself. This is a book about being haunted -- about the demons in and outside of us. It is about a soldier looking for atonement in a world that is offering none -- an agnostic who is obsessed with an exorcist. It is a mesmerizing account of how people reconcile faith and trauma and a brilliant and passionate work that heralds the arrival of a brave, new talent. Haunted not only by the dead but by something he believes to be a demon (he calls it the Black Thing), Daniels underwent an exorcism conducted by a minister in the small town of Portal, Georgia, and eventually married the minister’s daughter. Now he helps other war veterans find a measure of peace in Portal, where the minister’s Christian camp delivers them from their torture. Percy maintains a steadfastly neutral journalistic tone here, telling us Caleb Daniels’ story (and the stories of other veterans, too) and taking us inside the camp at Portal, but it never feels like she’s passing judgment. Are these men actually undergoing exorcisms, or are they engineering their own psychological cures? It’s up to us to determine how we feel about that. “ Demon Camp is the amazing story of one man’s journey to war and back. It’s a tale so extraordinary that at times it seems conjured from a dream; as it unfolds it’s not just Caleb Daniels that comes into focus, but America, too. Jennifer Percy has orchestrated a great narrative about redemption, loss and hope.” -- Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Forever War) Unlike so many "war stories/war books", "Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism" doesn't seem concerned with creating a perfectly cogent narrative, or answering every unanswerable question surrounding violence, conflict, and war. Instead, it shows great compassion to the wounded Americans returning from war, tries to empathize with their vulnerabilities and fears. And in doing so, this book displays an America that is deeply wounded, deeply scared, and ultimately haunted. With “beautiful, lucid” ( Los Angeles Times) lyricism, Demon Camp is the riveting true story of a veteran with PTSD and an exploration of the battles soldiers face after the war is over. As The New York Times Book Review said, “Percy’s narrative may confirm clichés about war’s costs, but it artfully upsets a common misconception that all veterans’ experiences are alike.” About the Author Jen Percy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship in fiction. She also received an Iowa Arts Fellowship from Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Winner of a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, her work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Harper’s, The New Republic, and The Oxford American. She teaches writing at New York University.
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