Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War Winner of the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel PrizeIntense powerful and compelling Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones s The

  • Title: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • Author: Karl Marlantes
  • ISBN: 9780802145314
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2010 Flaherty Dunnan First Novel PrizeIntense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones s The Thin Red Line 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 bWinner of the 2010 Flaherty Dunnan First Novel PrizeIntense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones s The Thin Red Line 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 Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all consuming terror of combat The experience will change them forever.Written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Marine veteran, Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.
    Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature. Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes May , Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes Matterhorn is a historical novel of US Marines fighting in Viet Nam It is an extremely well written epic with unforgettable characters and unbelievable descriptions of battles fought in the jungle setting of dense foliage and ever changing weather conditions. Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War By Karl Marlantes Jan , Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War By Karl Marlantes Paperback January , by Author Author Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War By Karl Apr , Karl Marlantes s first novel, Matterhorn, is about a company of Marines who build, abandon and retake an outpost on a remote hilltop in Vietnam.

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    1. A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals He is the author of Matterhorn, which won the William E Colby Award given by the Pritzker Military Library, the Center For Fiction s Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize, the 2011 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation s James Webb Award for Distinguished Fiction He lives in rural Washington.

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    1. Just below the grim tranquillity Mellas had learned to display, he cursed with boiling intensity the ambitious men who used him and his troops to further their careers He cursed the air wing for not trying to get any choppers in through the clouds He cursed the diplomats arguing about round and square tables He cursed the South Vietnamese making money off the black market He cursed the people back home gorging themselves in front of their televisions Then he cursed God Then there was no one else [...]


    2. Boot camp did not make us killers, it was just a f finishing school Grim Heartbreaking There were sections of this book that, honest to God, were difficult to read If you cannot read war novels, don t even pick it up If you are made uncomfortable by vivid descriptions of suffering and of overwhelming human endurance, do not read this book If out of touch and passionless bureaucratic polices that result in needless hurt anger you, then stay far away If brilliantly illustrated characterizations of [...]


    3. Rating 5 of five, but it deserves sixNewly Tarted Up Review Iwellhonestly, I have no idea what word to use to describe how I feel about MATTERHORN by Karl Marlantes It s a superlative book, no adjectives need apply I gave it five stars because that s the scalebut it deserves six.Moved to my blog.


    4. Today I ll be reviewing Matterhorn, a novel about the Vietnam war Play your favorite classic rock song of the era while reading Buffalo Springfield s For What s It s Worth is always a popular choice You could use Credence Clearwater s Fortunate Son For myself, I ll be listening to The End from The Doors and then plan on going into a full on Martin Sheen Apocalypse Now freak out as I lay on a bed staring up at the ceiling fan in a pair of tidy whiteys until I drink enough to punch out a mirror an [...]


    5. I was in the shit Karl Marlantes put me there.Matterhorn is a deep and penetrating look within the Vietnam War It s the sort of horribly realistic novel that can only be reproduced by the survivor of an atrocity Highly decorated Vietnam War veteran Karl Marlantes had been at work on this book since the war ended If you ever need an example of an artistic project into which the artist has poured his blood, sweat and tears, you can point to Matterhorn The book follows 2nd Lieutenant Mellas, a sque [...]


    6. This is the best book I ve read so far in 2010 I will say that again This is the best book I ve read so far in 2010 I received Matterhorn from Powell s Indiespensable 17, a wedding present, I decided and avoided it for a while, busy with other books, and honestly, looking at it with trepidation because of its considerable size and content I don t think I ve ever read a book about the Vietnam War would I understand it, I wondered, would it hold my interest And I didn t understand and it didn t ho [...]


    7. I listened to this on audiobook, competently read by the ever reliable Jeff Harding It s quite long, at over 22 hours, but it s such a compelling story I d have been happy to spend longer in its company.I d read some background to the Vietnam war but was really quite sketchy on the detail surrounding the political background and even so on details of the conflict itself I ve subsequently read up a little on the political element but was directed to this novel as a vehicle that would give me a [...]


    8. My husband is a history military war fanatic The history and or military channel is on all the time I ve fallen asleep with the military channel on and had some very naughty dreams of Dan Snow and little red and blue soldiers see 20th Century Battlefields if you are wondering what the heck I m talking about So, imagine my surprise when I wanted to read Matterhorn I mean, come on, don t I get enough war on tv I guess not.Imagine my delight when Matterhorn turned out to be much than a war book It [...]


    9. Like many Americans these days, I have no direct experience of war, so reading books like this one is hopefully the closest I ll get to knowing what it s like.As far as I can tell, war is the horrific dark antithesis to civilization The central aim of what men have done since they squirmed out of a cave and lit a fire has been to make life longer, easier, and comfortable for themselves Granted, they often did this at the expense of others women, differently hued men, etc , but better living did [...]


    10. I was never issued a draft card I enlisted in the Marines right out of high school and I was still seventeen I enlisted on a 90 day delay so by the time I hit the yellow foot prints I was then 18 The Marines agreed that I was too intelligent to be a grunt, so I enlisted on an aviation guarantee and went to school for two years learning electronics I became an Ace from SACE I became a radar technician I saw duty at MCAS Nam Phong, Thailand The aircraft we supported flew bombing missions into Viet [...]


    11. First of all, you can t fall into hating the people you are killing Because you ll carry that hate with you longer than you will the actual killing itself It is only by the grace of God that you are on one side and your enemy is on the other side I often think, I could have been born in North Vietnam Matterhorn author Karl Marlantes, August 20, 2010 The Times London Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War launched onto the bestseller lists in 2010, when United States was entrenched in two unpopula [...]


    12. Unforgettable Marlantes took years to write Matterhorn Clearly it served as the ultimate catharsis for him to exorcise the horrors of the Vietnam Conflict from his mind Here is all the insanity of conflict Here is all the hubris of ranking officers who never visit a battlefield, but whose rise in the ranks depend upon victories in places of no military value The grunts are pawns on the chessboards of their ranking officers road to promotion You will be reminded of Tim O Brien s The Things They C [...]


    13. At the beginning of Citizens, Simon Schama s account of the French Revolution, Schama tells of former Chinese Premier Zhou En lai s response to a question asking what the Revolution meant Zhou En lai was reputed to have said It is too soon to tell That s how I feel about the Vietnam War My passion for history is, in my own estimation, above average I read about it, I write about it, and I visit the locales, all with a certain fervor that will probably be well detailed in my wife s court filings [...]


    14. People who didn t even know each other were going to kill each other over a hill none of them cared about This sentence, from Karl Marlantes superb novel Matterhorn , pretty much encapsulates the war in Vietnam for many people, including some who served there The war as a whole its origins and machinations was complex, as all wars are, but mostly only to the politicians who started and sustained it Marlantes, who served as a Marine Lieutenant in Vietnam and earned various combat medals, basical [...]


    15. It is definitely difficult to find the words to describe Matterhorn I suspect this is one of the most honest and realistic portraits of combat in the Vietnam conflict I am of the same generation as Karl Marlantes He is only 6 months older than I am I also came from the Northwest He grew up in Oregon I grew up in Idaho Without question Vietnam had a significant impact on our generation It was the overriding theme guiding the life decisions made by young men at that time From the time I graduated [...]


    16. It was so good it hurt Really good Matterhorn makes it clear you will NEVER understand what it is like to go to war, unless you are one of the warriors in the fight But he will drag you into a world that seems so immediate and real, you will come out drained It took him 30 years to write the story and it paid off, every detail, scene and emotion is captured brilliantly It may be fiction but it reads as ground truth I guarantee any student of war will put this book on the permanent shelf I can ha [...]


    17. I simply can t say enough good things about Matterhorn It s an intricate story with a lot of characters to keep track of, but it s worth it I found myself so invested in the book 100 pages in that I had to put it down several times just to calm down before I could go on reading.The book mainly follows 2d Lt Waino Mellas, a Princeton grad who after signing up for the Marine reserves before going to college gets shipped off to Vietnam after graduation 600 pages later, you have only been in the bus [...]


    18. Surprise This book receives 4.5 stars from me Yes, from me who reluctantly reads war novels and winces at the mention of the Vietnam War and its politicalness.Marlantes somehow pulls off placing the reader smack dab in the middle of the fighting without grossing the reader out What s , it isn t by distracting the reader from the characters either I rooted for everyone in Bravo Company except the Colonel and Number 3 Hey, I felt part of the company How Marlantes whisked me through the war without [...]


    19. If you read the reviews of Matterhorn you are going to see words like moving, riveting, heartbreaking, mesmerizing, masterful, epic, authentic, funny even and always unforgettable All true and .Karl Marlantes knows of what he writes from his service as a Marine in Vietnam He wanted to somehow explain this experience to his family and to share it with us Vietnam was what I call my war meaning it was happening just as I was graduating and getting ready to start my adult life It was part of my dail [...]


    20. I listened to the audio version of this book It was intense and deeply moving I will not look at Vietnam or any war the same way My husband was the radioman in a platoon humping in the jungle of Vietnam about a year after this book was set Heretofore, he has not talked much about it Matterhorn helped me understand what that period of his life was like The book has also opened up conversation with my husband There will be an event that happens to the characters in the book and I will ask my husba [...]


    21. The absurdity, cruelty, monotony, and yes, addiction, of war are brilliantly on display in this moving novel of the Vietnam War.


    22. Bound Sunpost Weekly June 17, 2010bit d7emlsAn Epic Song of WarKarl Malantes Matterhorn is One Bloody Battle HymnThe creation story has now become legend Karl Marlantes, a highly decorated Marine Corps second lieutenant, returns from the front lines in Vietnam and vows to write the proverbial Great American Novel I sat down and pounded it out manically in first person, he told Steven Kurutz of The Wall Street Journal s Speakeasy It was pure psychotherapy, psychodump That helped fix in my mind a [...]


    23. I just finished listening to this book and the audible version eight years after I first read it I must admit I had very few recollections of the book from the first reading As I listen to the book I thought to myself than several times could this possibly be real I concluded that the title of the book which included the phrase A Novel was accurate It is a novel As in my review from eight years ago, I continue to have a hard time believing that this book could represent reality It has to be on [...]


    24. Wow, wow, wow I want to say a special, heartfelt thanks to every Vietnam veteran This is a book I ll never forget As many who served in this jungle have said better than I can, this is a powerful story of so many aspects of war, particularly this war Everything was so nebulous, I don t see how anyone either managed to fight or came out alive This is a story of the people of that war up and down the ranks If you never fought in such a war I didn t and want to know what war is like, read this book [...]


    25. The day was spent in weary stupefaction, hauling dead American teenagers to a stack beside the landing zone and dead Vietnamese teenagers to the garbage pit down the side of the north face Matterhorn I wasn t in Vietnam I ve never spoken to anyone about Vietnam who fought in the war yet I feel in my gut that this book by Marlantes speaks to the experience of many Filled with images of oozing immersion foot, young faces smeared with purple Kool Aid, clinging leeches, young soldiers crawling on th [...]


    26. This book is a vivid account of the Vietnam war Marlantes deals with the politics of war, as well as the emotional trauma of war Lt Mellas is the central character of the book When the book opens, he is new to the war And he must prove his salt Mellas is twenty two compared to the men in his company that average nineteen years old Mellas must make split second decisions that will change everyone s fate, including his own.When I was reading this book, I couldn t help but feel completely immersed [...]


    27. Outstanding novel of the Vietnam War Among the handful of truly great fictional accounts of war The main focus is on a volunteer young Marine lieutenant, Mellas, as he struggles to be a good soldier, lead his men, and suffer the poor decisions of the officers tasked with an unwinnable war no longer supported widely at home As revealed well in the narrative, there were few pitched battles or contention to take territory, but instead many skirmishes with political goals, including an artificial em [...]


    28. From the cover authentic, so moving and so intense, and so relentlessly dramatic, that there were times I wasn t sure I could stand to turn the page Mark Bowden My book group chose this, not me And I can t wait to start it, along with the IRS ConstantAudit iPhone app and Fons and Porter s Love of Gastroenteritis.9 16 12 Nine months after I started I could have finished it by now I could have had a baby Looks like I decided to give that a miss, too The process would have taken about as long, and [...]


    29. Marlantes, Karl MATTERHORN 2010 This is a massive first novel written by an ex marine who was highly decorated for his services in Vietnam It took the author about thirty years to write the book It starts out as mostly another battle book, where brave soldiers overcome the odds against them and achieve their set objective It soon changes, however, and explores the makeup of the men who compose the ranks of the First Platoon of Bravo Company The time is 1969, just a year after the Tet Offensive [...]


    30. Matterhorn Karl Marlantes What can I say It has taken me a few weeks to leave this review because it has taken that long to find the words.Matterhorn is powerful, emotional, gripping, gut wrenching, but most of all, it is haunting Haunting Yes, that is it most of all, it is haunting in a way that is beyond anything that I have read for a very long time I want to thank Karl Marlantes for the experience and the insight I want to thank him for sharing with me a story that I have no doubt has reflec [...]


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