Beaufort's narrator is Liraz "Erez" Liberti, a twenty-one year
old Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) responsible for a squad of
thirteen young men. Liberti relates his experiences and those of his men as they
staff an exposed Israeli outpost in Southern Lebanon shortly before and during
its abandonment in 2000. Like many war stories, Beaufort focuses on the
camaraderie that develops between the soldiers as they mature into men. It
explores the men's lives and feelings as they face hours of isolation and
boredom punctuated by periods of terror and violence, as well as the physical
and emotional toll war takes on the men and their families.
This first-person account reads as if it were Liberti's diary, or a long letter home that Liberti will never mail. As such, the text is a stream-of-consciousness, particularly in the novel's beginning. It's raw, it's...
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