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The God of War ➵ [Reading] ➷ The God of War By Marisa Silver ➪ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In a scruffy desert town in , twelve year old Ares Ramirez lives in a trailer with his mother and younger brother In this desolate, forgotten place, government fighter planes and helicopters make trai In a scruffy desert town in , twelve year old Ares Ramirez lives in a trailer with his mother and younger brother In this desolate, forgotten place, government fighter planes and helicopters make training runs by night using live ammunition When an anonymous dead body floats in from the sea, Ares, on the cusp of his adolescence, is inspired to enact elaborate fantasies of The God MOBI :Ú mortal combat But it is his troubled family that makes Ares a casualty of a different kind of war His brother, Malcolm, is mentally handicapped, and his mother, distrusting authorities, chooses not to do anything about it, leaving the burden to Ares to protect his vulnerable brother from a world that sees him as a retard As he fights to define himself and to see a future for himself outside of the suffocating box of his home, Ares befriends a dangerous older kid, and what was once play becomes terrifyingly real as violence changes his life forever.


10 thoughts on “The God of War

  1. Catie Catie says:

    This book is a very descriptive, unhurried meditation on the weight of history and guilt Which is something that I think about quite a lot I think about my Mom, who was raised in a rigid, military home and resented it so much that as a parent she was afraid to say no to anything, ever I think about my Dad, who was raised with an absentee father, and eventually became one himself I think about all the illogical things that I do in direct reaction to the way I was raised My mom has and always This book is a very descriptive, unhurried meditation on the weight of history and guilt Which is something that I think about quite a lot I think about my Mom, who was raised in a rigid, military home and resented it so much that as a parent she was afraid to say no to anything, ever I think about my Dad, who was raised with an absentee father, and eventually became one himself I think about all the illogical things that I do in direct reaction to the way I was raised My mom has and always will be a non punctual, chronically late person, and now I am a chronically early, time conscious person I wonder what my kids will become, because of me.Ares is twelve, right at that edge between childhood and adolescence He lives in a small trailer with his non conformist Mom and his brother Malcolm Ares Mom refuses to acknowledge that Malcolm is anything but special, loved, and normal But he s not, and Ares knows that it s his fault As Malcolm becomesdifficult to care for in school, their Mom is arm wrestled into allowing him to attend special out of school sessions with the librarian, Mrs Poole There, Ares finds a structured, disciplined home, which feels like everything that he s missing But he also finds Mrs Poole s son Kevin, who is weighed down with a history and guilt of his own The story begins when Ares is in his forties, and is his recollections of that year in the 1970 s.I really love the whole idea of this book, and I love that the author really explores Ares complicated emotions his resentment, his all consuming guilt, his growing desire to be everything that his mother isn t Unfortunately I couldn t get past the writing style It feels slow at the best of times, tedious and overdone at the worst of times Here s a passage from the beginning about Mrs Poole I might add that this is written as we re first meeting Mrs Poole, and is an introduction to an extremely brief scene She s not in the story for a long while after this part which caused me to wonder why we needed to know so much about a person who wasn t even in the storyShe looked up at me expectantly She wore an alert, somewhat wary expression, caused I thought by children speaking too loudly and wrongly shelved books Most of the children at school were careful around her Her dark brown hair was pulled back into a ponytail, but one short strand had broken loose and she repeatedly tucked it behind her ear as though somethingprivate than a lock of hair had escaped confinement Her cheeks were puffy at the bottom as if she were storing two caramels or some other secrets there She dressed in shirtwaists and boxy skirts and plain blouses clothes that made no statement about the body underneath She seemed like someone who was trying very hard to keep her colors from bleeding over the lines The order of her desk top made me feel like I had just shouted in a church I thought she was too organized, to have a murderer for a son She eyed me with vague disapproval as if she expected that bad things always preceded good, but then allowed a smile that so altered her expression that it seemed as though another person were hiding inside her, one who only came out occasionally and then ran back inside as if unprepared for the weather. Not my cup of tea, but this should give you an idea if this would be something that you ll enjoy or not There are just about five too many descriptions in that passage for me Yes, she s a rigid, contained person the expression, the hair, the clothes, the colors, the desk, the smile I GET IT. Although, caramels in her cheeks Not really sure what that one is going for That she has hidden depths Secrets That she s a sugar junkie Most of the writing here is similarly overdone and much of the time I didn t feel that it added anything important to the story It became frustrating to wade through it all.The climax is a good release and it hits all the right notes, but it s very brief And I m not sure about how everything ends with Kevin I really would expect a bittrauma there Ares reflections on Kevin as a boy of no value also seem callous and closed minded That part didn t feel totally realistic.The ending is so utterly slow and drawn out that I felt like saying, OH MY GOD JUST END IT. And I probably did once or twice Out loud Like a crazy person Perfect Musical PairingThe Kinks Some Mother s SonThis is exactly the sort of song that I would have hated as a teenager, solely and specifically because my Mom loved it And this is also my song for Kevin, who is a damaged, violent character but nonetheless, matters to Mrs Poole We all have history and it s meaningless to judge someone without taking that into account


  2. Kim Kim says:

    Another sad but wonderful story I recommend this one for sure


  3. Paul Pessolano Paul Pessolano says:

    The God of War by Marisa Silver, published by Simon Schuster.Category Fiction Literature Publication Date April, 2008.Ares Ramirez is 12 years old and has been named after Ares, the God of War He lives with his mother and brother in a secluded and poverty stricken area of the desert This is a story of his coming of age in very difficult circumstances Ares has seen men come into and out of the life of his mother, with only one spending any kind of time with them as a family His mother The God of War by Marisa Silver, published by Simon Schuster.Category Fiction Literature Publication Date April, 2008.Ares Ramirez is 12 years old and has been named after Ares, the God of War He lives with his mother and brother in a secluded and poverty stricken area of the desert This is a story of his coming of age in very difficult circumstances Ares has seen men come into and out of the life of his mother, with only one spending any kind of time with them as a family His mother, although a loving and caring person, has problems dealing with society She is also burdened bringing up two young boys as a single mom Ares s, brother, Malcolm is mentally handicapped and is almost totally the responsibility of Ares Ares has a special affinity to Malcolm because he believes that he is responsible for his handicap.Ares, trying to forge a life for himself, starts to turn away from both Malcolm and his mother He befriends a young man with a sordid background and finds himself over his head and in big trouble The trouble involves the killing of the friend and subsequent blame on Ares It is only in later life that Ares is able to overcome all the obstacles in his path and find inner peace.After reading 20 pages of this book I put it down and for some reason picked it up again and found that I could not put it down The book only starts to come to life after 20 pages but is well worth the effort of staying with it


  4. Roxanne Roxanne says:

    This was an excellent book and I never want to read it again.


  5. Judy Judy says:

    Marisa Silver s second novel made a huge emotional impact on me I was alternately enthralled and annoyed but by the end I could not recall what had annoyed me Laurel is a single mom raising two sons in a cramped trailer on the Salton Sea in the late 1970s The story is told by her older son, twleve year old Ares, who chooses to play the god of war in the family Ares is tortured by the conviction that because he dropped his younger brother on his head when Malcolm was a baby, he is responsibl Marisa Silver s second novel made a huge emotional impact on me I was alternately enthralled and annoyed but by the end I could not recall what had annoyed me Laurel is a single mom raising two sons in a cramped trailer on the Salton Sea in the late 1970s The story is told by her older son, twleve year old Ares, who chooses to play the god of war in the family Ares is tortured by the conviction that because he dropped his younger brother on his head when Malcolm was a baby, he is responsible for Malcolm s developmental difficulties As in a Greek tragedy, Ares guilt drives the story, the incidents and the arc of his life I could relate to Laurel in her extreme determination to live on her own terms She works as a massage therapist and barely supports her children She refuses to face Malcolm s troubles, which are either retardation or some form of autism, preferring to see him as merely a child who develops at his own pace, and she flatly rejects any intervention by authorities, social or medical Ares and Malcolm have different fathers who are long gone Because of their life style, Ares assumes most of the care of his brother, thereby expiating some of his guilt We are not surprised when things go very wrong, not least because a gun appears early in the tale I loved the development of each character though not a single one is entirely admirable, just as none of us are The melding of place, time and character in this novel is an extraordinary feat similar to an expertly cooked meal The Salton Sea, one of those iconic California locations, which fascinates those of us who live here, is as much of a character as Ares or Laurel I have never visited there but someday I will and I will go with trepidation It is the perfect setting for a woman like Laurel, whom I simultaneously admired and deplored, because I could have been her In the 70s, many of us went off the grid of middle class life, turning our backs on everything our parents held dear, losing our religion, rejecting Western medicine and mental treatment, tripping down the paths of mysticism, certain that by benign neglect we would raise our children to be free spirits who would inherit the better world we were creating Reading The God of War was as much an exploration of my own guilt as it was that of Ares guilt Laurel, Ares and even the unfortunate damaged Malcolm made decisions based on the urge to be free As in any life such decisions can be life saving and devastating at the same time Hopefully I have made it somewhat clear how I could be both enthralled and annoyed by this novel Hopefully I have made you want to read The God of War


  6. Diane Diane says:

    Okay first off, I can t hold back any longer I LOVED this book I was not sure I would, when I looked at the cover and read the title but, don t judge a book by its cover trust me on this one, and the story is not about war either.The God of War, by Marisa Silver is actually a coming of age story It is one of those rare gems that I did not want to put down once I started it, and, when I turned the final page just 271 , I had wished it was longer.The story takes place in 1978, and is nar Okay first off, I can t hold back any longer I LOVED this book I was not sure I would, when I looked at the cover and read the title but, don t judge a book by its cover trust me on this one, and the story is not about war either.The God of War, by Marisa Silver is actually a coming of age story It is one of those rare gems that I did not want to put down once I started it, and, when I turned the final page just 271 , I had wished it was longer.The story takes place in 1978, and is narrated by twelve almost 13 year old Ares God of War Greek Mythology , Ramirez Ares, lives with his unconventional mother Laurel in a run down trailer in a remote desert community near San Diego Laurel loves the Salton Sea actually a polluted lake near San Diego She tells her twelve year old son she wants to be buried there and her ashes spread into the sea Laurel does not trust government, corporations or schools, and she has even warned her son, Ares about religion The boys are pretty much free to do as they please while their mother works or spends time with the latest man in her life Still there is no doubt Laurel loves her sons.Ares is a sensitive but conflicted boy who feels responsible for his brother Malcolm as a result of an accident where Ares had dropped his brother Malcolm when he was just one year old For six years he has lived with guilt as a result of that accident.Malcolm is almost seven year old now and appears mentally disabled he cannot speak, reacts inappropriately, acts out in school, and cannot read or write When Malcolm bites his teacher, it seems to be the final straw for him in a regular classroom However, Mrs Poole, the school librarian agrees to work with Malcolm at her home on a weekly basis.Ares visits Mrs Poole s home while she is working with his brother, and seems to enjoy being there The stability of a seemingly normal home appeals to Ares, but The Pooles have problems of their own Kevin is a troubled foster son who has been in and out of residential treatment facilities Ares and Kevin begin to spend time together when tragedy strikes.The God of War is an intense story with memorable but flawed characters that most readers will not easily forget One of the best coming of age stories that I ve read in years I look forward to readingbooks by this talented author HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  7. Florence Florence says:

    I was attracted to this book because I thought I would relate to it First, it takes place by the Salton Sea the desolation of the area fascinates me Second, it takes place in the 70s, my era Finally, it is a story of a single mother raising two boys while working.Marisa Silver delivered a short novel that grabbed me, entertained me and provided some insight into my own life Can t ask forI do hope I was a better mother than this one.


  8. Karen Germain Karen Germain says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I picked up Marisa Silver s The God of War at a Goodreads book exchange several years ago I just grabbed it on a hunch and it has been sitting on my bookshelf I am very happy to have picked it up and to have finally read it, because it is a fantastic book.Set by the desolate Salton Sea in California and told through the eyes of twelve year old Ares Ramirez, The God Of War is a coming of age story about a kid trying to navigate adolescence in the shadow of a highly dysfunctional family The I picked up Marisa Silver s The God of War at a Goodreads book exchange several years ago I just grabbed it on a hunch and it has been sitting on my bookshelf I am very happy to have picked it up and to have finally read it, because it is a fantastic book.Set by the desolate Salton Sea in California and told through the eyes of twelve year old Ares Ramirez, The God Of War is a coming of age story about a kid trying to navigate adolescence in the shadow of a highly dysfunctional family The Salton Sea and surrounding shanty towns are as big of a character as any in the story Having visited the Salton Sea for the first time and hopefully only time last Spring, I can completely appreciate the truth of the world that Silver has created I ve never visited somewhere so depressing The smell of rotten fish permeates and walking on crunching fish bones along the shore was memorable Even though the book is set in the 70 s, the town that she describes is exactly what you will see if you were to visit it today Having lush Palm Springs just a short drive away, really makes the area extra depressing This is a community that lives on the fringe, holding tight to their privacy Ares and his mentally handicapped brother, Malcolm, live with their neglectful mother in a trailer The thing that is heartbreaking is the mother isn t purposefully negligent, she sincerely loves her family and feels that she is raising her boys in the best manner possible Ares sees an alternate life with stability, when a librarian from the school intervenes to tutor Malcolm The entire story has Ares crying out for love and attention in a variety of ways, sometimes negatively The sad truth of the entire situation is even when adults intervene, they have to do so at a distance to respect the mother and blood family unit This is such a pervasive problem in our society and this novel only highlights it through Ares and Malcolm s struggle Many people see a problem, but nobody steps up in a long term, meaningful way.Ares is a kid with the weight of the world on his shoulders, both real and imagined responsibilities His struggle is a heartbreak to read Silver gives an authentic and emotive voice to her narrator and tells a compelling story.i highly recommend The God of War and look forward to readingnovels by Silver Please visit my blog forreviews and bookish things Including pictures our trip to the Salton Sea


  9. David David says:

    On the plus side, the characters seem reasonably well developed No one is evil, everyone is trying to do good and failing The narrator s adolescent rebellion was relatable, all that stuff, even if it s impossible to believe that the speaker is male The big problem is the sentences Some examples I felt betrayed, not by them but by my younger self who had naively accepted everything and had not looked beyond the near horizon of my life to see how insignificant I was I was suffused with a l On the plus side, the characters seem reasonably well developed No one is evil, everyone is trying to do good and failing The narrator s adolescent rebellion was relatable, all that stuff, even if it s impossible to believe that the speaker is male The big problem is the sentences Some examples I felt betrayed, not by them but by my younger self who had naively accepted everything and had not looked beyond the near horizon of my life to see how insignificant I was I was suffused with a leaden sadness Everything around me was falling apart My life felt broken, and there was nothing in the house, no person, who could keep me safe Her eyes were glistening oceans These aren t the worst sentences ever written They re just trite and usually overblown I would be amiss if I didn t mention worst in show, though, which was sadly overlooked for the Bad Sex Award Her back was to me, and her hip hugger pants eased down so that I could see where that mysterious road that separated the cheeks of her butt began


  10. Dillwynia Peter Dillwynia Peter says:

    Being a contemporary US writer, I was a little apprehensive to start with after my foray with Conroy , but the apprehension quickly disappeared.The story characters are believable, particularly the guilt of Ares and how he processes and atones for it The narrative moves at a quick but acceptable pace and I found I didn t want to do other things, but rather settle in a decent chair light watch the play of circumstances My only small niggle it is small is I felt the last few chapter Being a contemporary US writer, I was a little apprehensive to start with after my foray with Conroy , but the apprehension quickly disappeared.The story characters are believable, particularly the guilt of Ares and how he processes and atones for it The narrative moves at a quick but acceptable pace and I found I didn t want to do other things, but rather settle in a decent chair light watch the play of circumstances My only small niggle it is small is I felt the last few chapters were rushed I think they could have been fleshed out by an additional 10 pages or so See a very small niggle I fortunately had read up on the Salton Sea Slab City, otherwise, I would have been lost on these aspects of the story I would recommend others unfamiliar with these places to use wikipedia to get a full appreciation of their impact on the people that populate this novel I feel it makes the novel so muchaccessible.I plan to search outof Marisa Silver s works


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