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Of Rice and Men: A Novel of Vietnam

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can’t speak the native language, don’t know the customs, can’t tell friends from enemies, and–in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam–wonder why they have to risk their lives ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Presidio Press (first published January 31st 2006)
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A classic dark comedy in the tradition of CATCH-22 and MASH, Richard Galli's novel of a 'civil affairs' unit during the Vietnam War delivers on the laughter but also stabs at the heart with moments of wrenching emotional scenes. All is done without placing his characters in the midst of battle.
The novel focuses on the sisyphean, ill-conceived project of winning the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people though western agricultural and animal husbandry customs.
Much of the novel's humor comes f
audio book. The book seems to be an u[dated takeoff of Catch 22 but set in Vietnam. It seems to work, although it doesn't have the same fullness as Heller. Its a bit like listening to a quartet instead of a symphony.
Oh, this was good. It combined the gritty reality of war with the dark comedy and satire of M*A*S*H* and Catch-22, like it says in its own description. It pulls you in and keeps you hooked from the first page.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Showed the lighter side of a tour in Vietnam without being silly. Highly recommend it.
I adored this book. Very many laugh out loud moments and I didn't want to put the book down each night.
Stacey White
This is not what you would imagine from a book about the Vietnam War. Very humorous and touching.
3 -- blah and interesting and boring and funny
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