Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NaBloPoMo: The Unforgiving Minute

This week, I'm reading Craig Mullaney's The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education for my Autobiographical Literacies class.

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

I'll tell you that it may have been the only memoir for the class that I hadn't read beforehand. (I hadn't read the "textbooks" - Abigail Thomas' Thinking About Memoir and Bill Roorbach's Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature either, figuring I might be better served reading alongside the course texts.) Although my father served in the Navy, it wasn't a career choice, and it's not a career choice many in my family have followed. While I admire those who have served and support the individuals I know (who come to me in the form of college students), I'm not especially interested in military history or strategies, and I often think that our military is sent to places where it does not belong.

I've read about a third of the memoir since yesterday, and I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would (a reminder not to necessarily a judge a book by its cover, perhaps). What I'm finding interesting is learning about the type of training that Mullaney has received - not coming from a military family, it's background with which I'm simply unfamiliar.

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