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A good book, having visited Vietnam I am always interested in books about the Vietnamese war and it was an interesting book especially as it featured characters with opposing views
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Joe is a Vietnam vet that takes a chance on happiness, thinking he has nothing left to lose. Charlotte is the small town girl who wrote to him when he was on the battlefield. Their story will have you laughing, crying, and sometimes, on the edge of your seat. It's an enjoyable read that's a mix of family life, history, and romance. Highly recommend.
Night Music takes us to a tough time in our past, the Vietnam War period. Emotions were high and there were very strong opinions and feelings on both sides of the issue. It was a very tumultuous time in our history, a very troubled time for young men and women. This story took me back to that time and the craziness of that war. I lived through it and she gets it. She does a wonderful job of capturing both the turmoil and the love of that time.
Charlotte's older brother is killed in Vietnam and she finds herself between two men who have very opposite feelings about the war. There's Deke, her boyfriend, who is leading campus protests against the war and Joe, a Vietnam vet, who comes back having to deal with the aftermath of that controversial war.
I loved watching Charlotte mature and form her own opinions and beliefs as she learns what matters most to her. She works very hard to see both sides, in order to understand where the two men are coming from. She finally listens to what is in her own heart and sticks up for her beliefs.
One of the things that will stay with me and that I just love from this book is the term 'night music', the wonderful melody of the sounds of the night – crickets, frogs, etc.
"In Nam, as long as we could hear the sounds of the night, we knew we were safe. It's a comforting sound."
I love to relax on the patio in the evening and listen to the sounds. I never thought of it as 'night music' but that's exactly what it is. I'll always think of that now and will be drawn back to this wonderful story.
Charlotte joined a college group of girls and decided to send letters to Army men and try and find answers as to why young men are dyeing. She ends up corresponding with this soldier, Joseph (Joe) and other than Char, he has no one. They write for a long time and Char tells him all about her wonderful small town and about her life until one day his letters just stop.
Joe is living day by day through the letters from Char, after a war injury, he is sent back home and decides to start over in the small town that he's been dreaming of. Thinking he may get a glimpse of the girl that has stolen his heart, he moves into this rental and starts school. What he doesn't expect is to see more of her than he expected.
Char is dating a loud and obnoxious boy that is very anti war. Deke is trying to get everyone on his side, start rallies and do everything possible to stop the war. Deke is not a friendly person to any of the war veterans especially the boys coming back from Vietnam. When he sees Char hanging around Joe, something snaps and sends him into an even more crazy state.
This was a wonderful story that I can't say enough good things about. I read it in just over a day and will happily read it again soon. The romance between these characters is so sweet and real, the story paints such a clear picture in your mind and the story holds you captive until the very last page. This isn't one of Deanna's normal stories like she has written lately but for sure one of my favorites!
As the granddaughter of a career Army officer and the daughter of an activist, as well as someone who is an activist herself, I was steeped in the concept of "love the soldier, not the war," from an early age, and I completely related to the issues in this novel.
And yet, what Sletten has written in Night Music is not a war story, nor is it a political treatise. Rather, it's a lovely novel about love - the love of home, the love of family, and the love we feel for friends and romantic partners.
As well, it's a coming of age novel. The three central characters, Charlotte, Joe, and Deke are all college students. Charlotte is young, and somewhat naive, and her journey is one toward confidence and a stronger sense of self, but Joe and Deke are also coming of age. The former, in processing his experiences as a young solider returned home injured from Vietnam, and Deke, a an anti-war activist.
As ususal, Sletten has given us characters who feel three-dimensional, a setting that is almost its own character, and a story that entertains while also challenging us to think.
Goes well with a burger, a beer, and a stimulating conversation. Or maybe a Hemingway novel.