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Close Quarters

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  169 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo, Tim O’Brien, and Gustav Hasford.In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Vintage (first published 1974)
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Eric_W
Mar 12, 2009 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. If you don't like graphic violence, the f-word, and ethnic slurs, lots of brutal and mind-numbing sex, you should leave right now. Categorized as a novel, I suspect many of the incidents in this book reflected Heinemann's personal experiences in "the Nam." This book brings new meaning to the "pornography of violence." One feels almost like voyeur, feeling slightly dirty while reading.

There is one scene that I think particularly illustrates the frustratio
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Larry Bassett
Jun 15, 2016 Larry Bassett rated it liked it
Shelves: war, audio
This book that I experienced in the audible format was just too crude and disgusting for me. Was this how war really made men into? Fuck this and fuck that? Killing innocent and not so innocent gooks? All the intensity of bloodlust? The quality of the reading captured all the horror and hate. But it was way too much for me and I just didn't want to believe it was really like that.
Ben
Feb 16, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing
I just reread this and all of the things I thought about it the first time held up through a revisit. Larry Heinemann has an incredibly strong and evocative narrative style, and his fictionalized past self is equal parts horrifying and sympathetic. Probably one of the best books about the Vietnam War that I have ever read, this is right up there with Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers and Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, but it's less cartoony than the former and grittier than the latter. I can't ...more
Eudald Torne
Jul 02, 2013 Eudald Torne rated it it was amazing
Real life. Mainly going home and the lonelyness. I was drafted (no-volunteer) in the spanish army, 14 months, January 77 until february 78, send to EUSKADI, northern SPAIN when the ETA warfare was at the highest point, the duty nights in the middle of the mountains I feel the same on the listen points. The return to the civil life, search a job in the middle od a recession was an ugly time for my, I was 22 years old.
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Feedbooks commentary:

From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo, Tim O'Brien, and Gustav Hasford.

In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the bru
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Jason
Close Quarters often times feels like a confessional presented in the form of fiction. A confession of what the author, Larry Heinemann, either did himself or witnessed his comrades do while serving his tour of duty in Vietnam. Or both.

The story almost moves from scene to scene like a documentary. Although the beginning felt rushed to me, as there was no harassing of the "New F#@cking Guy"--our protagonist and narrator--the rest of the novel has a brutal reality feel to it that is both shocking
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Jeffrey Miller
Apr 16, 2014 Jeffrey Miller rated it it was amazing
One of the first books I read on the Vietnam War by a veteran of the Vietnam War. I still remembered the day I bought at the BX on George Air Force Base.

This is a gripping, riveting story of combat. It is not for the fainthearted. This book has held up well over the years.

I highly recommend it.
John Pappas
Jul 27, 2011 John Pappas rated it it was amazing
Brutal. Not as hopeless as Paco's Story, but a seemingly authentic study of how a bright idealistic boy becomes a terrifying killer by fighting in the Vietnam Conflict. Heinemann does not pull any punches in his graphic depiction of what must have been hell on earth.
Brooke
Apr 23, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it
I'm not big on war novels, but I read this one for a 60's history class and ended up being sucked into the story.
Stephan
Dec 22, 2008 Stephan rated it really liked it
One of the best novels on the war from a soldier's existential pt of view. Doesn't let the moral ambiguities of the conflict get in its way.
Frank Sullivan
This book is not for the faint hearted, but I believe this is exactly how war in Vietnam was. I recommend this book, it is a good read.
Bryan Lovitt
Jun 13, 2015 Bryan Lovitt rated it it was ok
Vietnam era depressing war novel. Profanity filled mish mashed story that did not impress. Don't bother
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Larry Heinemann (born 1944) is an American novelist born and raised in Chicago. His body of work is primarily concerned with the Vietnam War. Mr. Heinemann served a combat tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 with the 25th Infantry Division, and has described himself as the most ordinary of soldiers. Mr. Heinemann's military experience is documented in his most recent work, Black Virgin Mountain ...more
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