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Going After Cacciato: A Novel Hardcover – Jan 1978


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Reissue edition (Jan. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440029481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440029489
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,909,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim O’Brien was born in Minnesota and graduated from Macalester College in St Paul. He established himself as one of the leading writers of his generation in 1973 when he published ‘If I Die In A Combat Zone’, the compelling account of his own tour of duty in Vietnam and is widely regarded as the finest novelist the Vietnam War has produced.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neil Goodacre VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this book slightly confusing, but I actually think that was O'Brien's intention. He cleverly blurs fantasy and reality, while at the same time conjuring up vivid and distrbing images of the Vietnam war. It is very well written throughout and O'Brien's style keeps you hooked.
I bought this book after reading "If I Die in a Combat Zone", and to be honest I didn't enjoy this book as much. It's still very good, don't get me wrong, but if you're going to read one book by Tim O'Brien then go for "If I Die".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By . on 23 Jan. 2003
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I was enthralled by this book. It's confusing at first, mixing in different narrative streams, but as you realise what's happening the story's power grows.
O'Brien writes so well, and certain chapters stick in my memory as perfect stand-alone images of the war - soldiers arriving at a hot LZ, or trudging up a hill trail in the jungle. It's a book I will certainly re-read one day, and I'd recommend it - an ingenious blend of gritty realism and fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marta on 23 Mar. 2013
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Going After Cacciato (Flamingo)

Going After Cacciato describes the Vietnam world from a unique, surreal perspective.

At times this novel might appear too slow-paced or difficult to follow due to its flights of fantasy, but the sequence of the action is clear despite its surreal occurrences, and it's worth becoming lost in its strongly imaginative elements. Going After Cacciato does not so much talk about the war as it describes a state of mind and a desire to escape from a world where everything appears devoid of meaning. It's a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Dowse on 2 Jun. 2009
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Going After Cacciato (Flamingo)
I first read this 23years ago and came back to it again as it is an enthralling tale that must be re-read.
O`Brien has weaved an unputdownable story that both intrigues and beguiles with sadness and humour-- dont miss it
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A classic that could only have been written by someone who experienced first hand the full spectrum of human experience and emotion from within the theatre of the Vietnam War. Cacciato, a serving US soldier goes AWOL to make his way by foot from Vietnam to Paris, the paradise in his head. Several of his company are taske to find him. Their paths cross and wane and both go on a journey that noone could ever have predicted.

Superbly written, wonderful realistic dialogue and beautifully evoked authentic descriptions of landscape made it a joy to read.
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