” I saw so many radically different versions of Iraq. It would have been difficult for me to come back and think, ‘This is the Iraq experience.’ “


” A lot of times, you’re interacting with people for whom you’re one of the very few veterans that they’ve met or had a lot of interactions with, and there’s a temptation for you to feel like you can pontificate about what the experience was or what it meant, and that leads to a lot of nonsense. “


” We have a tendency to think of war as this quasi-mystical thing, and that interpretation flattens the experience – by using different perspectives, I wanted to open a place for readers to compare and contrast, to make judgments, to engage. “


” I’m generally not a fan of didactic art because it papers over many of the hard experiences about war or anything else in life. I wanted to explore various aspects of the experience without an eye towards delivering any particular message. “


” If you write a novel where war is nothing but hell and no one experiences excitement or cracks a dark joke, then you’re not actually admitting the full experience. “



All 5 Phil Klay Quotes about Experience in picture


I saw so many radically different versions of Iraq. It would have been difficult for me to come back and think,
A lot of times, you


We have a tendency to think of war as this quasi-mystical thing, and that interpretation flattens the experience - by using different perspectives, I wanted to open a place for readers to compare and contrast, to make judgments, to engage.
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If you write a novel where war is nothing but hell and no one experiences excitement or cracks a dark joke, then you