Tara Hunt '12 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
In my daily work, I read flowery prose from eager writers who ooze their souls into the essays they send. I get tangled in emotional tales and wrapped in captivating narratives. Or I get exhausted by run-on sentences that are sometimes artistic but might not be if you’re the average reader who doesn’t want to know about the way the wind whistled seductively at the brook whose turns and curves were as voluptuous as the salsa dancer in the apartment upstairs who had a way of clacking her heels on the hardwood floor that just beckoned come hither.
I was drawn to No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden because it is written plainly, authoritatively, simply — a severe departure from my daytime reading. The author, Mark Owen, is no showy writer, no bleeding artist; he is instead a gruff and ragged former Navy Seal who uses no words I don’t already understand, and no sentence structures that make me read and reread and edit. Instead, I could just breeze through and enjoy his story.