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Robert

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  • Tree of Smoke: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (142)

    This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

    MadMadeleine says: "Moby Redux"
    "for what?"
    Overall

    Getting through the whole of it was something of an ordeal. A very powerful book, but one that left we wondering "why's" -- why it was written, why it was reviewed with such critical favor, and why I persevered? The writing was beautiful and evocative. Many images and ideas were disturbing. But there was little I took away other than relief that my fate did not take me to Vietnam during the conflict. But I already knew that. I found few characters warranting any sympathy, even if many were interesting. The audio performance was great, but I can't say I recommend this work.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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