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I enjoyed that element of the book the most too, jb. The jumping between characters and the letters.
That's great you liked The Historian, Laura K. It is definitely a book for book-a-holics like all of us.
I have finished The Anatomy of Deception
(yawn!!!!) and will now turn my attentions to a fantasy fiction instead of Historical fiction by reading The Stormcaller
A lot of people regard the 70's as HF, Pam. (I don't like to think of the 70's as HF because I was born in that decade. :-D .....I regard myself as a modern model not an historical artifact). :-)
I have finished reading the book,The Crusader: A Novel
and I have finished listening to the audiobook The Secret River
And now I am starting The Anatomy of Deception
Sure does, :-)
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He grew up after that 'friendly' incident. He did some soul searching and wasn't so much about the medals anymore.
you're welcome! Glad you found it. :-)
I forgot to mention that in the end, I did like Mellas as much as Fitch. :-)
Maude, on the top border of the comment box where you make your comments you see the add book/author
words? Click on that. tyoe the book you are searching for in the search box that pops up. When you find you book in the list that comes up in the search, click the add
Who was reading it, Jayme? An Australian guy? I am thinking it would have to be the same voice over person.
I have decided to listen to an audiobook at night when I am not reading The Crusader.
So, I am going to listen to The Secret River
by Kate Grenville
I am about to start The Crusader: A Novel
. I read the first couple chapters a few months back but then got so caught up in group reads and mini reads that I never got back to it.
It is time The Crusader and I revisited our date with destiny.
Keeping my fingers crossedf or you and hubby also, jb. :-)
Turtles wouldn't be suffering from cold shock over here in Australia right now. It is BLIMEN' HOT!! :-D Today it is 40 degrees celcius.
Lucky turtles must be loving it on the Australian east coast this last month. And they can have it..I'm off to the airconditioned bedroom to lock myself away until the temp drops.
It has been a few hours now since I finished it and I still miss the characters. *sniff*.
I also still feel that twinge you get when you know you have read something that was important and monumental in the authors life.
Karl Marlantes wrote a very confronting and thought provoking book. I bet it caused him a lot of pain and tears, and maybe some laughs, but I am sure he feels better for having shared this story with the world.
You are welcome, Tasha! :-) I am glad that you got something out of this book too.
Like you, I am so pleased that I read this book.
If you can get to House to House next month, let me know. We can discuss it here, just as we did Matterhorn. :-D
I have finished Matterhorn
. Wow, what a powerful and moving story.
I am thinking about a Iraq War memoir now. I don't often read modern war books, but after reading Matterhorn (the Vietnam War) I wanted to read something from the Iraq War so I can compare the dynamic of the soldiers. Both wars taking place in vastly different eras.
So, I am going to read House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
before moving back to my beloved Historical Fiction genre.
Katie wrote: ". Yesterday I read the wonderful Five Children and It by E. Nesbit ..."
Katie have you read any of the other Nesbit books? They are wonderful. :-)E. Nesbit
Well....I am finished. What a journey. I feel quite sad and moved right now about this book as I have only put it down 5 minutes ago.
It certainly is a powerful story.
All in all it felt like a memoir, although in the last couple hundred pages and towards the end it did feel like someone was making up a fiction novel. The feel of Marlantes writing his Vietnam story was gone. Still powerful and memorable, but I was able to not feel a few things the way I had when I sensed they were real stories.
I'll explain a bit while staying off details so i don't accidently ruin the story for anyone;
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The 'thing' with 'H'. I was totally expecting that in the last chapters. The talk/confrontation the brothers had. China's heart not in the revenge anymore. The Mystery Tour starting out in 'C's' tent and ending there. I saw it coming a mile off so wasn't surprised. It felt too made up for me so while it was a good plot for a story I didn't feel overly emotional when it happened. I was still gutted afterwards that H was gone and the last few pages when Mellas was contemplating the jungle and the others were singing the song to those gone..wow, that gave me some heartache.
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I just loved this book, I really did. I am chalking it up as one of the top three books I have read in recent years. I really felt this story in my heart and gut. It made me laugh and cry. I will always remember this story and recommend it to anyone no matter what genre they read.
It is THE go-to-book that people should read to remember what those kids went through in Vietnam.
I will definitely be reading it again one day.
Thanks Tasha for sticking in there with me and talking to me while I read Matterhorn. I am so glad I had someone to talk to about this book. Someone who had read it also.
It was a great shame that the other girls ended up squeezed for time and couldn't fit the book in. I think they would have liked it. :-(
I am actually going to read another modern warfare book now. A memoir. :-)House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
I rarely read modern warfare. I read Generation Kill
earlier this year after seeing the mini series. That was a great insight into the Iraq war. Matterhorn is only my second modern warfare book in the last couple years. I thought about rereading Generation Kill so I could compare the dynamic of the soldiers in the two wars. The Vietnam War being in a time of great social change and the Iraq War being in a time when society is more desensitized to violence. But in the end I had this other book here that I have been meaning to read, House to House as mentioned above, and chose it over a Gen Kill reread.
If anyone else would like to read Matterhorn
please post your thoughts and comments on this link because I will always come back to chat with you about the book as will Tasha, I am sure.
Only 46 pages to go. Wow. These last couple hundred pages have been an emotional roller coaster. I don't know what to say.....:-(
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Poor Mellas. About to ship him back and Vancouver's sword has gone missing. My heart is breaking. After everything Mellas has been through, having that sword go missing must be tearing him up inside.
I think he based Mellas mostly on his brother;http://www.bryanappleyard.com/2010/07...
I read this interview yesterday.
I haven't quite worked out yet how I feel about Mellas. Sometimes I love him and want to hug him and other times I frown at his inner ego and dislike his hot headed temper.
My favourite is Fitch. His character really appeals to me. Much calmer, yet still funny and intense. I am expecting that Mellas will mature even more during the book and I will like him as much as Fitch.
I wish Mellas would (to put it bluntly) get laid...:-)..poor kid. He needs to be with a woman because his ex-girlfriend really broke his heart. I have my fingers crossed that he'll get some R&R and let his hair down. He is wound pretty tight and I am thinking he is going to lose it big time, further on in the book. :-)
I am up to
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They have just had their officer's mess dinner. Cassidy has been trnasferred so he doesn't get himself killed (and I am thinking that the transfer is not going to save him....I hope I am wrong..please no hints
Despite Cassidy's faults, I think he is a good guy and doesn't deserve to have the black power guys turn on him. I am suspecting that Henry and China spoke to Mellas knowing that he would transfer him out of the bush so they can get to him. Again..no hints..I am hoping my hunch is completely wrong.