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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
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Oct 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: hot-lit, kindle, owned
Read in January, 2011

I read this book because it was on all the "best of" lists when it came out, and because the setting in Vietnam fit in nicely with my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. I didn't expect to like it half as much as I did. I found the story absolutely riveting. It's war, so it's violent, brutal, and gruesome, but the raw humanity of it all is breathtaking. What I really liked about it was that Marlantes, a highly decorated war veteran himself, doesn't make any judgments about the rightness or wrongness of war. He just tells it like it is, and leaves the judgments up to you. Brilliant.
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Reading Progress

12/28/2010 page 49
7.0% 2 comments
01/01/2011 page 195
33.0% "Who would have thought I would find a war book so engrossing? I have no idea what he's saying half the time with all the Marine jargon but the story is so good."
01/02/2011 page 296
50.0% "This is an engrossing, moving, disturbing read."
01/03/2011 page 592
100.0% "Stunning."
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message 1: by Steve (new)

Steve Thanks for the recommendation, Sarah. This looks terrific. I hear it's between this and The Things They Carried vying for best Vietnam book ever. Maybe I should see for myself.

Sarah I just bought TTTC at the used bookstore.

Sarah But this was the book that made me realize I really like war stories. I don't know what that says about me.

message 4: by Steve (new)

Steve I'm having a strong feeling that you'll like TTTC! Please let us know.

Sarah I will, but it might be awhile. It's sort of toward the bottom of the pile.

Hannah Just finished it yesterday. I've read quite a few war books and this has got to be in my top 3 for fiction. So well written.

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