It high time I let you know what one of the best books I've read this year was all about. For Your Tomorrow, is a beautifully written Non fiction account of a young man who gave his life for his country and humanity.
The story line jumps between Canada, and Afghanistan. A beautifully written account of a young man who struggles with his decisions of career until he finds his "calling". Feeling his duty to humanity so strongly that he gives his life. This is the story of before and the after of that wonderful life.
The only problem I found reading this book was the constant need for tissues. As I tend to read on public transit, this is a difficult thing to do, I found other passengers deeply affected by my weeping, some would write down the title, others would change seats. I finished this book many weeks ago, but just couldn't write the review. I don't like to read non-fiction. Lets face it I like to pretend, but this was outstanding. I ordered this book when it was first released, and then my son joined the army. You can understand why it sat on my bookshelf. My son has now moved on into another area. I cannot imagine the feelings of those left behind.
What compels a young, affluent Canadian to put on a uniform and risk his life for the controversial mission in Afghanistan? And how does his family cope with his loss when he is killed there? Jeff Francis was a thirty-year-old doctoral candidate and student of Buddhism when he decided that joining the armed forces was the best way to make a difference in the world. In elegant, spare prose that captures both the hardness of war and the nuances of a grieving family, Melanie Murray - Captain Francis's aunt - uses the lens of his life and death to give Canada's war in Afghanistan the perceptive, literary treatment its soldiers, families and citizens deserve.
I read this book as part of my War Through the Generations Challenge. While this is not the Iraqi War/Gulf Wars, I felt I needed to be true to my Canadian self and my countries involvement in these wars.
Rated - Excellent