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Going after Cacciatoby Tim O'Brien
Synopses & Reviews
"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales."
So wrote the New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.
In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Cacciato gathers compass, fresh water, and maps and walks out of the mire and fury of Vietnam, bound for the gaiety and life of Paris.
About the Author
Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award in Fiction for Going After Cacciato. His novel The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. His two most recent novels, In the Lake of the Woods and Tomcat in Love, were national bestsellers.
Table of Contents
New way — Hard times — Normal life — Quadricycle — Model company — Controversial henry — Henry Ford chronology — Automobile timeline — Further reading — Works consulted — Glossary — Index.
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