The Enemy

The Enemy

A Book About Peace

Book - 2009/04/14
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After watching an enemy for a very long time during an endless war, a soldier finally creeps out into the night to the other man's hole and is surprised by what he finds there.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009/04/14
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375937521
0375937528
Branch Call Number: JP CALI
Additional Contributors: Bloch, Serge - Illustrator

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Jun 22, 2010

Two opposing soldiers in foxholes contemplate each other and the nature of war in this deceptively simple children?s book. At first, the soldiers think of each other only as The Enemy, a nameless, faceless, dangerous other. When it rains, the soldiers only consider their own discomfort?the thought that the enemy might be just as wet and gloomy never crosses their minds. Both soldiers consult manuals that assure them the enemy is little more than ?a wild beast? whose only goal is to hurt and harm. But when the soldiers tire of their tedious duties, they end up sneaking past the other in the night and into each other?s foxholes, where they are confronted with evidence of the supposed enemy?s humanity. The choice to continue or end the war, then, becomes a great deal more complex. The two soldiers are little cartoon men existing on an otherwise blank white page; their foxholes are collaged bits of torn paper; the covers of their manuals are bright spots of red. This subtle simplicity is the work of artist Serge Bloch; the plaintive testimonies of the soldiers are penned by author Davide Cali. The result is a lesson in war and peace that we are never too old to learn.

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