As reading this compelling novel by Addario came to a fascinating end, I reflected on her writing and how it can impact me in the future, with my writing and in the real world.
Addario’s powerful use of language does a marvelous job of consuming the audience’s emotions throughout the course of the novel. However, what makes Addario stand out from the rest of the writing world is her incredible talent behind a camera, which she so thoughtfully shared with us in various sections of the book. Not only can she use text to give reader’s a visual on her experiences, she can also portray her life and her work through powerful images she has captured.
I find it challenging to pick just two of my favorite photos that Addario included in this book. One that really stood out to me was the photo on page 18 of the picture insert between textual pages 210 and 211. This is a photo captured of a young boy with wounds all around his head. This heart wrenching image portrays the pain and suffering of the middle eastern countries as seen through the eyes of a child. His face shows the agony of not only him, but of the generations that have come before him. I appreciate Addario’s efforts to expose the emotions of children, making American’s aware that the war was not only affecting the Taliban, but innocent sons and daughters.
Another photo that captured my attention more than others was the image on page 24 of the picture insert between textual pages 210 and 211. It captures members of the United States military surrounding a deceased U.S. marine. Personally, this photo brings out a lot of raw emotions. My oldest brother has been serving in the military for quite a while now. Thankfully, he has remained safe. However, countless members he has served alongside have lost their lives. It is a hardship that many Americans are not exposed to concerning war. Addario does an outstanding job at capturing the moment for all that it is, a true American tragedy.
While my blog about serial killers cannot nearly grab at reader’s emotions the way this novel can, the images I include with my writings can do a wonderful job at giving my readers visuals of these sick criminals and all they stand for. I find that staring into the eyes of these killers gives me a deeper understanding into their world and why they do the things that they do, and that is exactly what I want to communicate in my blogs.