The Yellow Birds: A Novel - Chapters 1 - 6 Summary & Analysis

Kevin Powers
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Chapters 1 - 6 Summary

Chapter 1 - September 2004, Al Tafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq - Private Bartle and Private Murphy are friends and fellow soldiers in the American Army in Iraq. The American military is about to face 1,000 deaths exactly, and neither Bartle nor Murphy want to be that milestone. They don't mind if they die later, but they do not want to be the thousandth death. In September, things change. Bartle and the men of his platoon have been fighting for four days. They are awaiting the next assault, and are doing whatever they can to stay awake for it. Another man in the outfit, Sterling, falls asleep and wakes up a few times. The platoon's interpreter is a man named Malik. Malik wears a mask to obscure his identity from the enemy, so they don't kill him or his family. The buildings the platoon occupies are part of Malik's...

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