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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Geraldine Randles, January 15, 2011

My uncle died fighting in Viet Nam. He volunteered to join the Army as a way to help his family, to give himself a respectable life. Like his older brother; my father. He also volunteered to go to Viet Nam. I was only 8 years old. He was staying with us, we were stationed on Treasure Island (Dad was a Navy man). I remember the intensity of the conversations between my father and his younger brother. I can still hear the pleading in my father's voice, "but you don't have to go, you have 3 children, you can get out of going over there." My uncle responded in such a quiet voice, "I want to go...I want to go." Four months later, my uncle was dead. He was 25 years old. Killed in Viet Nam while on patrol. His unit was ambushed. I cried the night Karl Marlantes visited Powell's. I had him sign the book in memory of my uncle, Terence Fedor. And still, while asking for this, I cried. I am 50 years old.

And then I read the book. It was real and amzing and horrible and fantastic. Best of all, it was very well written.
Karl Marlantes brought the war in Viet Nam to me in away that was missing. And he helped me along the way.
I recognize this is not a critique of his book. I could do that very well, too. But, that is not really why we read, is it? It isn't for me. Karl Marlantes...he is why we read. IT is that good.

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