In the fiction section, you will find the best books on vietnam war, other vietnam bestseller novels as well as novels set in vietnam. In this post, you will find a list of the best vietnam books to read in 2020. Standing in their way are not merely the north vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. A novel of the vietnam war is a novel by american author and decorated marine karl marlantes. Marlantes drew upon his personal experiences fighting in vietnam to produce a work of stark realism conveying the true brutality and numbing routine experienced in combat. Karl marlantes in the tradition of norman mailers the naked and the dead and james joness the thin red line, marlantes tells the powerful and compelling story of a young marine lieutenant, waino mellas, and. A novel of the vietnam war and millions of other books are available for instant access. The book is set in vietnam in 1969 and draws from the experiences of marlantes, who commanded a marine rifle platoon.
While written as a novel, it is obvious this book is based on reallife experiences by the author. Matterhorn tells the story of the daytoday experience in a combat situation as well as any book i have read, and far better than most. This is a thick book, and am now reading the final pages. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. Karl marlantes doesnt introduce you to vietnam in his brilliant war epiche unceremoniously drops you into the jungle, disoriented and dripping with leeches, with only the newbie lieutenant as your guide. According to the publisher, marlantes a highly decorated vietnam vet spent 30 years writing this book. A big, powerful saga of men in combat, written over the course of thirtyfive years by a highly decorated vietnam veteran. Masons choice of the war as her novel s centerpiece is a crucial element in the book s success. Dan rather brings a long, torturous war back to life with realistic characters and authentic, thrilling combat sequences. A beautiful, brutal vietnam war epic april 22, 2010 karl marlantes debut novel, 30 years in the making, follows waino mellas, a young ivy league student sent to vietnam. Showing results for matterhorn a novel of the vietnam war. Matterhorn is a marvela living, breathing book with lieutenant waino mellas and the men of bravo company at its raw and battered heart. Intense, powerful, and compelling, matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of norman mailer s the naked and the dead and james joness the thin red line.
I have broken down the best books about vietnam into helpful sections. As a marine officer in vietnam, in combat, i thought he captured the situation very, well. People who didnt know each other were going to kill each other over a hill none of them cared about. Clearly, this was an ongoing getitoffmychest project. Download audiobooks matching keywords matterhorn a novel of the vietnam war to your device. Philip caputo was a marine who later became a very wellknown journalist. As a war novel, the text contains numerous antagonists that the protagonist. Best war movies of all times vietnam war movies best full movie duration.
Which platoon is lieutenant mellas in charge of in matterhorn. It is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, waino mellas, and his comrades in. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. A novel of the vietnam war by karl marlantes although its true that matterhorn. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A novel of the vietnam war by karl marlantes paperback january 1, 2011 by authorauthor 4.
It is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, waino mellas, and his comrades in bravo company, who. Karl marlantess 35year struggle to write a true novel of the vietnam war has finally paid off matterhorn is a bestseller by robert mccrum sat 10 jul 2010 19. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie. Karl marlantes, a veteran of the vietnam war, took 30 years to write the book, originally producing more than 1,600 manuscript pages. Matterhorn should be a great book and is a great book. The form of matterhorn, karl marlantess first novel, is purposely structured on the typical soldiers divided experience. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
A novel of the vietnam war karl marlantes, 2010 groveatlantic press 600 pp. In his debut novel, matterhorn, vietnam combat veteran karl marlantes attempts to transport his readers to 1969, in a jungle near laos, just south of the vietnamese demilitarized zone dmz where. He shows due respect to the nva that were often demeaned in other books. In his debut novel, matterhorn, vietnam combat veteran karl marlantes attempts to transport his readers to 1969, in a jungle near laos, just south. Karl malantes is an exemplary writer and, in my opinion, has written the best novel produced to date about the vietnam war. Please read our short guide how to send a book to kindle. Audible provides the highest quality audio and narration. A novel of the vietnam war is a novel by karl marlantes, published in 2009. Matterhorn a novel of the vietnam war by karl marlantes the. Intense, powerful, and compelling, matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of norman mailers the naked and the dead and james joness the thin red line. Matterhorn a novel of the vietnam war i feel legitimate turmoil and loss, ive never been so close to just reopening a book from the start the second i ended it. Intense, powerful, and compelling, matterhorn is an epic war novel in the more. Karl marlantess first novel, matterhorn, is about a company of marines who build, abandon and retake an outpost on a remote hilltop in vietnam. A novel of the vietnam war1 sarah boyce2 in matterhorn, karl marlantes, a vietnam combat veteran and rhodes scholar,3 has created what may be the finest novel yet written on the vietnam war.
In the first of two equal parts, the reader slogs along with the men. Tell me about the first book on your list, a rumor of war 1977. Marlantes, who commanded a 3rd marine division rifle platoon in vietnam, spent three decades working on matterhorn, his first novel. The ultimate 2020 list of best vietnam books to read. A novel of the vietnam war isnt your ordinary war novel, it will give the reader an historically accurate and alarming vivid experience of the conflict that took place over 40 years ago in south east asia.
The code name for a hill in marlantes novel of the same name about the vietnam war. A novel of the vietnam war audible audiobook unabridged karl marlantes author, bronson pinchot narrator, blackstone audio, inc. This matterhorn, three kilometers from laos and two kilometers from the dmz in northwest south vietnam, rises over a mile high and is shrouded by cold monsoon rains and clouds. The best vietnam war books five books expert recommendations. Vince flynn, author of pursuit of honor matterhorn is one of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the vietnam war, and war in general that i have ever read.
Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. Karl marlantes has written a riveting and harrowing portrait of young men at war. Matterhorn by karl marlantes a stark, brutal vietnam war epic karl marlantes debut novel, 30 years in the making, follows waino mellas, a. Matterhorn quotes showing of 32 it was all absurd, without reason or meaning. Karl mariantes has hit the nail on the head about the feel and sense of any war. Whats the story set in 1969, a young marine lieutenant and his comrades in bravo company are dropped into the mountain jungle of vietnam. See all 3 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. After returning from vietnam, karl marlantes spent thirty years working on a novel based on his experience. Matterhorn, by karl marlantes, is a book about a marine who is a part of bravo company and is in the jungles of vietnam.
It is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, waino mellas, and his comrades in bravo company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. Matterhorn is that rare modern novel destined to become a classic. The novel is set during the winter monsoon season of 196869 on and around a fire support base called matterhorn, located in the mountains of the remote northwestern corner of. In my mind its one of the first really wellwritten books that describe the moral ambiguities and difficulties faced by a young marine officer in this particular war. Matterhorn, published in 2010 and released in paperback this spring, takes on this big theme of futility beautifully as it applies to the vietnam war. Karl marlantess 35year struggle to write a true novel of the vietnam war has finally paid off, says robert mccrum matterhorn is a bestseller.1522 287 655 492 582 1490 21 24 453 1295 599 656 97 1341 815 1139 373 1076 1164 418 518 1529 1229 172 997 1090 1408 734 90 114 1488 203 113 1570 482 389 442 960 778 892 131 438 1091 29 107 1325