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Matterhorn (2010)

de Karl Marlantes

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In the tradition of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" and James Jones's "The Thin Red Line," Marlantes tells the powerful and compelling 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.… (mais)
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    The Things They Carried de Tim O'Brien (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Both excellent fictional accounts based on Vietnam wartime experience.
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    Dispatches de Michael Herr (erickandow)
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    Chickenhawk de Robert Mason (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: This memoir is a fitting complement to Matterhorn's grunt's perspective, giving an account from the point of view of a Huey pilot with the 1st Cav. One is nominally fiction and the other "fact", though it's hard, if not impossible, to tell which is which.… (mais)
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    In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War de Tobias Wolff (clif_hiker)
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    What It Is Like to Go to War de Karl Marlantes (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Nonfiction by the author of Matterhorn, this one is a great look at war through the eyes of someone who has been there - what we've done right, what we've done wrong, what we have to change.
  6. 10
    The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam de Bao Ninh (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Whether American or Vietnamese, the experience of the Vietnam/American war was shared, and these two books explore the experience of fighting and remembering from differing perspectives.
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    Life and Fate de Vasily Grossman (chrisharpe)
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    Fields of Fire de James Webb (ecureuil)
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    A Rumor of War de Philip Caputo (hvg)
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    The 13th Valley de John M. Del Vecchio (paulkid)
    paulkid: Similar books that explore the psyches of grunts and their lieutenants, focusing on a small number of company-sized military operations. Both are rich in character development, and capture how soldiers deal with the constant threat of unexpected death and pain. For example, compare Del Vechhio's mantra "Don't mean nuthin'" to Marlantes' "There it is". Both great books.… (mais)
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    The Forever War de Joe Haldeman (mysterymax)
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    Parzival de Wolfram von Eschenbach (alanteder)
    alanteder: "Matterhorn" author Karl Marlantes has said that part of the inspiration for his Vietnam War novel also comes from the Parsifal (aka Parzival aka Percival) Arthurian/Grail legends. See his speaking engagement at the Pritzker Military Library for instance at http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2010/09-23-karl-marlantes.jsp… (mais)
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I delayed reading this book for a while, thinking it'd be just another book about war. Every war, whether WWI, WWII, Korea, Iraq, etc. has its books, and I expected another interesting story about both the horrors and the heroism associated with combat. And while this book has all that, the author really seemed to be able to capture the feelings of the time. Not only do you get a sense of what fighting in the jungles of Vietnam was like, but you also are reminded of the racial tensions existing in the late 60's, the politics in the military, and the polarized feelings among the public at large. Additionally, you really get a sense of the who these fighting men were, their feelings, fears, and hopes. It seems to be a very real and very insightful look at the Vietnam war. The lessons of that war remain valuable lessons to be learned. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Hands down one of the best books I've read in a long time. The writing was so vivid and powerful that there were times I didn't want to continue reading. Marlantes made use of his experience as a Marine in Vietnam to give his narrator authenticity and authority. This is a story about war, but also a story about being human. ( )
  Squarepeg2021 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Right from the beginning, the story consumes you. It not only explains in gritty detail the physical aspects of the Vietnam War, it also gets into the psychology of war. The horror of war is described vividly and the characters will haunt you long after you finish the book. ( )
  lonetree1972 | Jun 1, 2021 |
I picked this partially fictionalized Vietnam War memoir up off of the recommendation of James Fallows, one of my favorite journalists. It was absolutely riveting, one of the best books I've read this year and one of the best war novels I've ever read, up there with All Quiet On the Western Front and other books of that caliber. It's the story of Lieutenant Mellas, a young Ivy League graduate fresh on the ground and his participation in patrol and combat operations in the northern border areas that strike me as unbelievably nightmarish, but were apparently par for the course. I feel like war stories (whether told through books, movies, or video games) are almost paradoxically becoming more common as war becomes less real to the majority of the country. I might be wrong, but I couldn't help feeling a little lost after I finished this book - it certainly feels real (and considering it opens with a Marine having a leech crawl up his urethra, maybe a little too real), and many other reviewers who actually have military experience have nothing but praise for it, but all the book's heartbreaking and unflinching looks at the boring, terrifying, and unforgettable nature of war made me feel like a spectator, an outsider having the world told to me instead of experiencing it myself. Obviously it's as impossible to convey the true nature of combat as it is to tell what it's like to land on the moon, or to be a king, but something about the way the people in the book lived and died lifted it far beyond what I had previously thought was the baseline level of a simple war story. Maybe it was due to Marlantes' direct experience in the war; the book has taken him 30 years to write and reportedly had to be cut down from over 1600 pages to a shade over 600, of which none feel wasted. Fallows himself has a semi-personal connection to the story of the war - he once wrote a recollection of his own personal experiences as a young Ivy League graduate dodging the Vietnam draft called What Did You Do In the Class War, Daddy? It's a great piece, and if you read it right beside Matterhorn, the comparison between one man's feelings of never serving with another man's feelings of having served is incredibly moving. Don't miss this book. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Matterhorn wasn’t quite up to my expectations. It seems a fairly accurate portrayal of Marine infantrymen in Vietnam, but it was long–a bit too long. And it became a bit repetitive. Lt. Mellas was an okay hero. He certainly “grew” during the story, but his early yearning to seek out battlefield glory put me off. At the end, having a fake fragging before the final real one diluted the ending of the story for me. ( )
  mtbass | May 6, 2021 |
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In zijn sublieme roman Matterhorn doorbreekt Vietnam-veteraan Karl Marlantes het stilzwijgen dat de maatschappij verwacht van hen die het smerigste werk moeten opknappen: de gevechtssoldaten.
Als verhalenverteller brengt Marlantes effectief het gevoel over wat oorlog is. De gekte, de pijn, maar ook de vriendschap en de liefde. Het maakte dit oorlogsboek populair bij vrouwen in Amerika.
adicionado por sneuper | editarde Volkskrant, Arie Elshout (Nov 14, 2011)
 
Chapter after chapter, battle after battle, Marlantes pushes you through what may be one of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam — or any war. It’s not a book so much as a deployment, and you will not return unaltered.
 
"It reads like adventure and yet it makes even the toughest war stories seem a little pale by comparison."
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In the tradition of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" and James Jones's "The Thin Red Line," Marlantes tells the powerful and compelling 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.

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