Going After Cacciato (Flamingo) Paperback – 24 Sep 2015
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‘To call “Going After Cacciato” a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales. O’Brien’s writing is crisp, authentic and grimly ironic … a major achievement’ New York Times Book Review
‘Not only the best novel about the Vietnam War, but among the finest works of fiction in contemporary American literature’ Philip Caputo, Esquire
‘His irony recalls that of Stendhal, his landscapes have the breadth and scope of Tolstoy’s, and the essential American innocence of his vision deserves to stand beside that of Stephen Crane’ National Book Award citation
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"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales."
So wrote the "New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.
In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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".
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.
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.
Superbly written, wonderful realistic dialogue and beautifully evoked authentic descriptions of landscape made it a joy to read.
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