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What It Is Like to Go to War
Karl Marlantes' 2010 debut Matterhorn was a Discover Great New Writers selection and a Barnes & Noble fiction bestseller. Now this former Marine Corps officer and Rhodes Scholar follows up that Vietnam war novel with an awe-striking nonfiction book about the experience of combat and its often traumatic aftermath. Drawing deeply on his own combat experiences, he describ...more
A few caveats to add context to my review of the book:
1) I won this book through Good Reads.
2) I am a civilian.
3) I am a US citizen.
4) I am an opponent of the vast majority of wars that we have participated in.
5) I am a counselor; the counseling p ...more
After the warrior returns home from the initiation of combat, he becomes a member of “The Club” of combat veterans. It has always been a club with its own secrets and its own and societally-imposed rules of silence. Traditionally, it has been a club tied in with the mystery of gender because being a warrior was tied in with manhood. This ancient mystery combined with the silence forms an intriguing and powerful combination for attracting future members, particularly boys. You don’t join this cl...more
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Marlantes provides a riveting account of what it is like to be sent to war and points out how ill-prepared our young men are. Previous generations spent years preparing warriors. Modern Americans should and could do mo ...more
Marlantes can write descriptively and honestly. I particularly recall one scene during boot camp when he swatted a mosquito. His drill sergeant took him to a slough and had him stand naked in a swarm of mosquitoes. I also enjoyed his description of how becoming a marine changes how he thought about danger and his abilities. These scenes were descriptive and I found them ...more
Marlantes reveals in this non fiction book what you no doubt already suspected, that much of his fiction was based on truth and at times, danced very close to being an exact blow by blow of events.
Many who know me on Goodreads, know that I lay my heart on the table in my review of Karl Marlantes ...more
However, I found that I just couldn't get through this book. It read very slow with lofty psychological language (and I even have my BA in P ...more
I have deep respect and empathy for the young men and women from all over the world who make incredible sacrifices sometimes sacrificing their own lives to fight wars, our wars.
Karl Marlantes a Vietam War veteran, a Marine very eloquently and with amazing depth explores just how little preparation young warriors receive in terms of how their minds and their spirits will heal ...more
I had put this on my to-read list after reading a review of the book that earmarked it as one of the best insights into the modern-day warrior mind that the reviewer had ever read. Although I can’t say I’ve read every book in this genre in order to make that comparison myself, I can say that this book—and Marlantes’ pers ...more
This is a great piec ...more
Marlantes gives not only a "this is the way it is" narrative, but also a rather in depth philosophical look at the way American boys are (or ...more
I was so pleased when I heard I had won this book. It took me a few days to read but that was because I needed time to let each bit I had read sink in. Some parts were harder than others but only because my heart ached for the soldiers. In my life I have heard stories from teachers, family and friends who honorably served in different branches of the military, however nothing compares to the sheer hones ...more
First, I appreciate that the author is writing about something he knows first hand about. (I get upset when people write or talk about something they have never experienced.) I felt Marlantes' experience was explained appropriately and held my attention without being over the top in bloody details.
Second, I want to thank all veterans who have served our country in the past and pre-thank ...more
Many of the events depicted in "Matterhorn" are identical ...more
Karl Marlantes has the experience of a combat veteran, but simply doesn't have the writing chops to pull off a good book. Honestly, I learned infinitely more about war and its effects on people by reading Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes.
Also, the book was littered with too much religious and spiritual mumbo jumbo that detracted heavily from the rest of the prose.
My main fear was that this book would glorify war and combat but, though it does discuss some very ugly truths, I didn't feel that it was glorifying anything. Yes, the author saw plenty of combat in Viet ...more
|Marine Corps L.E....: Is it possible to be a "moral fighter?"||1||2||Jan 26, 2015 01:43PM|
|Marine Corps L.E....: Discuss Marlantes description of loyalty. What role does it play in being an ethical warrior?||1||2||Jan 26, 2015 01:39PM|
|Marine Corps L.E....: Is it ever right to kill? What does Marlantes think?||1||2||Jan 26, 2015 01:37PM|
|Marine Corps L.E....: What role should society play in supporting warriors,according to Marlantes?||1||1||Jan 26, 2015 01:35PM|
|Marine Corps L.E....: How does Marlantes approach the notion of sin and guilt? Does being a warrior change the meaning of these words?||1||1||Jan 26, 2015 01:34PM|
|Marine Corps L.E....: How does Marlantes think soldiers should be prepared spiritually for warfare?||1||1||Jan 26, 2015 01:33PM|
|Marine Corps L.E....: Is the author's "warrior dictum" to only use violence in response to violence a practical rule for an individual or for a nation?||1||1||Jan 26, 2015 01:32PM|