Faye Heath's Reviews > Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
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May 08, 10

Read from May 02 to 08, 2010

Wow. Just...wow.

I seldom read war stories. There was "Battle Cry" by Leon Uris, a book I read and re-read as a teen, which followed the exploits of a group of Marines from bootcamp to the South Seas during WWII.

Now there is Matterhorn. It also follows a group of Marines but the time is the late 60s and the war is Vietnam. Marlantes doesn't mess around with bootcamp. He throws you right into the jungle, ignorant and unprepared for what is in store just as it was for the troops who lived it.

I couldn't put this book down. I took it to work to read at lunch. I held it on my lap during favorite TV shows and read during the commercials.

I remember the 60s. Boys I went to high school with ended up fighting, and sometimes dying, in Vietnam. They don't like to talk about it. War is inconceivable to those of us sitting at home. This book opens the door a crack and allows us to get a small glimpse of the world these men found themselves inhabiting.
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