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DelCorso's Gallery

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A classic novel of Vietnam and its aftermath from Philip Caputo, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir A Rumor of War is widely considered among the best ever written about the experience of war.

At thirty-three, Nick DelCorso is an award-winning war photographer who has seen action and dodged bullets all over the world–most notably in Vietnam, where he served as an Army phot
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 14th 2001 by Vintage (first published 1980)
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Jan 12, 2010 A.J. added it
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Caputo was in Vietnam as a soldier, and later as a journalist, so he has no shortage of authority on his topic. But his Pulitzer was for a memoir; this novel isn’t anywhere near that league. It’s just plain clumsy.

Former combat photographer Nick DelCorso has retired into a quieter career in commercial photography, but that old itch refuses to fade. When he’s offered a job covering the final NorthVietnamese assault on Saigon, he can’t pass it up. Off he goes, leaving wife and family, to battle wh
John Sherman
May 06, 2007 John Sherman rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of War Novels
This reads almost like historical fiction or a creative non-fiction. Caputo packs so much detail and so many facts into the story that you can't help but think it's a true story. It is an excellent book that tells the story of a war photographer who can't give up the thrills and adrenaline rushes associated with photographing conflicts despite his wife's pleas for him to stay at home. A subplot of the book deals with the photographer's struggle to evolve as an artist. Whereas other photojournali ...more
Peter Carlisle
Oct 22, 2007 Peter Carlisle rated it did not like it
This book, though it is a novel, felt almost autobiographical to me, and I suspect Caputo drew heavily from his own experience as a war journalist. That makes the ending of it all the more tragic. I generally love Caputo's books. One reason is he generally has a good balance of how his characters turn out- some come out better, some come out worse. My rating comes from the fact that this book was just too tragic and dark for me personally (which is saying something considering the dark nature of ...more
Alyce Rocco
Oct 14, 2013 Alyce Rocco rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Vietnam war historical fiction should have held my interest; did not.

I like Caputo's way with words which made me sad when I gave up on reading it.

"DelCorso wished she would scream at him, or throw the brush at him, play the fiery Irish maid and vent her anger now; otherwise it would fester inside her for weeks, growing into an abscess that would burst in a fit of unrestrained fury."


I started this last summer, put it down, and never picked it up again. I should give it another shot, as Caputo's Vietnam memoir A Rumor of War is a classic. But I'm not sure he's cut out to be a novelist; I remember this book as plodding, clumsy, and unsubtle.
Sep 21, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Would be War photographers
Shelves: fiction
If you ever thought you might be a "War" journalist, then you ought to read this book before you get your ass shot off.
Jem Wilton
Dec 14, 2012 Jem Wilton rated it really liked it
Liked it because it was about a snapper...
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American author and journalist. Author of 16 books, including the upcoming novel SOME RISE BY SIN. Best known for A Rumor of War , a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War (look for the special 40th Anniversary Edition in summer 2017).
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