Official Review: Letters to Sis

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Official Review: Letters to Sis

Post by mumoscar » 18 Dec 2017, 12:58

[Following is an official review of "Letters to Sis" by CW3 Cesare Giannetti, US Army (Ret).]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Letters to Sis is a memoir by CW3 Cesare Giannetti, US Army (RET) that is filled with suspense from the first page. With the ambition to make his future happen within a short period of time, Giannetti enlists with the US Army a few months before graduating high school; which meant that his divorced mother had to cosign the enlistment papers since he was under eighteen.

The book is divided into ten chapters written from different locations and time enabling the reader to keep track of each event that embroils the author. When his basic army training started in the summer of 1988, Giannetti couldn't help thinking of the rough life he was going to have in the military. The letters he wrote to his sister Marissa were a comfort as long as he stayed in the training and after he deployed for full-time military operations in Germany. Nonetheless, the reader doesn't get to know the implication these letters have until when Marissa is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

From New Jersey, 1987 to Corpus Christy, 2014, I felt like I traveled the whole journey with the author as he described his experience in the US Army. The inclusion of time and location in the memoir was the fascinating fragment; since it makes the reader feel as if s/he is right there experiencing each expedition.

While the reader expects to get the meaning of letters to sis, the author opts to delve much into military operations with occasional writing of letters to Marisa leaving the reader in suspense for the better part of the book. The novel is also flavored with songs the author relates to each jaunt he takes; which I likened to My Trip To Adele by R.I.Alyaseer and A. I Alyaseer. Family bond and love are the focal themes of the book which are vividly depicted in the letters written to Marisa.

Though most of the characters in the book don't have prominent roles, the novel is still descriptive and enjoyable. However, the book didn't end without snags in a few places; there are both grammar and spelling errors: the author wrote "Marissa told that me she was glad…," "sure, some my family was still…," "but now that it is actually is here…," "whatever I say has already said been said before," My primary job was to again to supply."

The errors mentioned were somewhat distracting; which made me award the book 3 out of 4 stars. The loss of a star wouldn't have been necessary if proper editing was done. I recommend this book to lovers of war narratives and anyone who may want to learn about the US Army. Underage readers shouldn't read this book owing to the presence of strong language.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 19 Dec 2017, 07:59

A true story, like my kind if a book! When I read this review it reflected on how the solders lives would have been in those hectic war times. We owe them, the freedom that we enjoy now is because of them.
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Post by Hildah Mose » 19 Dec 2017, 08:47

I would love to get a chance to read this book. I love army novels and movies. Thanks for the review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Dec 2017, 08:51

This sounds like quite the story; something a little bit different. I don't think I would enjoy it, but I'm glad that you were able to. It's too bad about the errors, but I'm glad that you were able to not focus on them.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 19 Dec 2017, 09:07

Sounds interesting. War narratives are always captivating. I wonder why the actual story doesn't reflect any relevance to the title.
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Post by Roggyrus » 11 Jan 2018, 15:39

A memoir necessarily takes us into the confidence of the author. We could then feel as though we are privy to his innermost feelings, the sentiments that could only be told to a blood relation. Thank you for sharing with us this review.

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Post by BookHausJ » 13 Jan 2018, 01:37

Hope the Author would consider sharing this story to some of the Movie producer. They might get interested to do it for movies. That's only my suggestion. You have a nice review. Thank you!

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Post by EVANSO » Yesterday, 08:23

This sounds like a great book that can easily make a nice film. I guess all army narratives make good films. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by kwahu » Yesterday, 09:14

Memoirs are good in giving other people the confidence to speak about their experiences. I like your review.

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