Karl Marlantes left University at 22 to serve in the Vietnam War. Matterhorn was the bestselling novel based on his experiences. Now Marlantes takes us back to Vietnam, but this time there is no fictional veil. It is part exorcism of Karl's own experiences of combat, part confession, part philosophical primer for the young man about to enter combat. It is also a devastatingly frank answer to the questions ‘What is it like to face death?' and 'What is it like to kill someone?'
©2011 Karl Marlantes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
The best part for me was the thought of being 25 years old, Being in command of 10+ other soldiers in a life or death situation, and a simple request on the radio will call in an artillery strike on the enemy. Or possibly a Napalm strike to burn the enemy. that thought makes me feel really strange even after finishing this book some time ago.
First book i listened to but it was still a very good first book.
No. This book is quite long and there is alot of infomation to take in. With each chapter focusing on one aspect of the war. Such as one chapter being about combat, one being about the lies that are told in war with another being all about what it was like to come home.
If Vietnam or just what it is like to go to war, this is a recommended book. I also quite like the Narration.
"Compelling philosophy of war"
This is a really great listen. I'd recommend it to anyone, whether they are interested in the history of the Vietnam war (which is the book's touchstone) or not, as it gives a balanced and insightful view into the minds of those who have experienced combat. I can't say that I agree with Marlantes' view that war is an inevitability, but if it is, this book should serve as a great reference work for those who will cause it, experience it, and be left to deal with its after effects.
As a UK listener, I initially found the narrator to be quite leaden in his delivery, but persevere and you will soon start to pick up on the nuances in the narration.
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