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In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of a Lost War Paperback – 13 Oct 1995


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (13 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330340190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330340199
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tobias Wolff has written two collections of short stories. He is also the author of a memoir, This Boy’s Life. He is currently Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barton Keyes on 6 Feb 2005
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Wolff is a stupendous writer and this is as good as writing gets.
In Pharaoh's Army is not a simple memoir of Vietnam but goes much deeper to look at issues of love, honour, truth and moral courage. The relationship between Wolff and his errant roguish father is beautifully dealt with. It would be difficult to praise this short book too highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barton Keyes on 23 April 2004
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This is far more than a war memoir of Vietnam. In fact the war and thelocation are almost incidental to the story. Beautifully written, the bookmakes you look deeper inside yourself to think about the important thingsin life -- love, honour, honesty, courage (of the moral kind), dignity andtruth.
Wolff is a stupendous writer and this is as good as writinggets.
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Wolff doesnt approach his Vietnam memoir in the same way many authors in this genre do, its much more inciteful and less likely to over dramatise and sensationalise like so many "Nam" books do.
Always funny and often moving Wolff takes us from his voluntary joining up to his inevitable tour of duty.
Avoiding much of the heavy action that is taken as standard for vietnam, Wolff scams and trades his way to a semi American homestead as an advisor to a platoon of south vietnamese soldiers.
Highly recommended.
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