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Honest, shocking and brutal.,
This review is from: Tim Page's Nam (Paperback)
Many of the images produced in the book have the ability to shock - nuns walking past a lime covered body in a court yard, soldiers playing with (presumably) human bones and the blank, but angry expression on the face of a soldier walking into the centre of the picture. Each in their own way shows some of the madness that seems to have characterized the war in Vietnam.
Tim Page seems to have got closer to this madness than almost any other photographer and ended up paying a significant price for the images he made. In this regard it is probably no surprise that the journalist at the "end of the river" in Apocalypse Now is reputed to be based on Page.
Many of the images are brutal in their honesty, with the soldiers shown not only as victims - war may be hell, but some of these people are not suffering. Other pictures are haunting and are as clear a statement as you could find of the absolute brutality of war.
I would not recommend this book if you are prone to be visited by the dead, for they fill the pages of this book - but I would suggest it should be compulsory viewing for anybody considering sending other people sons and daughters to war.
A remarkable and shocking book.