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Flying with cuckoos by Michael Patrick Clark

Flying with cuckoos (edition 2012)

by Michael Patrick Clark

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Title:Flying with cuckoos
Authors:Michael Patrick Clark
Info:MDB Publishing (2012), Kindle Edition, 370 pages
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Tags:non-fiction, biography, Vietnam War, F

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Flying with cuckoos by Michael Patrick Clark



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At first I was a little unsure about this book. The main character is adopted by a family that then emotionally pummels him. They don't want him, don't like him and it is all very clear to everyone except the child in question. When the boy finally figures it out I found myself so deeply frowning upon exactly how long it took that I worried I would completely ignore the more important war-time issues within the story. It turned out I didn't need to be worried.

This is a wonderful story, told with wit and humor, but also with a serious tone. It is the life of one young man, determined to do something with his life when it seems like nothing can be done. Each step of the way he finds struggles and surges on into the next phase of what is. It is a wonderful story of finding yourself, finding your strength and finding what lies beyond, in a future that you never saw coming at the start of your journey. ( )
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Flying with Cuckoos tells the true story of a journey of discovery, as a young and naïve Michael Clark leaves a desperately-unhappy adopted home, to join the armed forces, as a ‘boy apprentice’ before transferring into one of the most ill-disciplined and disreputable units in the British armed forces. As the story unfolds, we follow his progress, from one-sided battles with school bullies in suburban England, to even-more one-sided battles with the S.A.S. in some of the world’s most dangerous and exotic places. From the jungles of South-East Asia, and the bullet-scarred shacks of Gaddafi’s ‘new’ Libya, through the tragedy of the war in Vietnam, and the hedonistic excess of swinging-sixties Bangkok and Singapore. Funny, poignant, and at times outrageous, Flying with Cuckoos is a heart-warming story of hope and achievement, and the remarkable journal of a young man’s battle to survive and overcome.

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