Going After Cacciato

Going After Cacciato

A Novel

Book - 1978
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Baker & Taylor
The winner of the 1979 National Book Award presents the story of men meeting the demands of battle and facing the forces of fear and heroism in their own hearts. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press/S. Lawrence, c1978
ISBN: 9780440029489
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 14, 2014

As good, perhaps even better than his classic "The Things They Carried." Like that book, O'Brien is interested in the stories of the soldiers and how they cope and survive in a shitty war, not in politics or half-assed, Hemingway-esque philosophizing about men in war. After a soldier ditches his unit to walk to Paris, some of his buddies try to track him down, which gives it a somewhat more unusual feel than most war books. Other good Vietnam books: "Tree of Smoke," "Dispatches," "Matterhorn," "Dog Soldiers," "Kill Anything That Moves."

Sep 12, 2013

O'Brien deftly conveys the feelings of a combat soldier. Sometimes the fantasy gets a bit too fantastical but by the end is tied together seamlessly. Great book that could be applied to Iraq and Afghan war soldiers too.

Dec 11, 2010

1979 National Book Award - Fiction


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Nov 22, 2010

They were dangerous. No one was ever killed by a land mine or booby trap unless it was along a trail. Exposed, always watched, the trails were the obvious spots for ambush. Still, there were many times when it was better to face these dangers than to face the wet of a paddy or the itch of deep brush. There were times when a fast march along a trail, however perilous, was preferable to a slow march through hostile country. There were times when mission required the use of trails. And there were times when it simply stopped mattering.

Nov 22, 2010

He had nothing against Cacciato. The whole thing was silly, of course, immature and dumb, but even so, he had nothing against the kid. It was just too bad. A waste among infinitely wider wastes.


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