Synopses & Reviews
A work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation, The 13th Valley
follows the strange and terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese Army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out warmonger.
The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book.
"There have been a number of excellent books about Vietnam. . .but none has managed to communicate in such detail the day-to-day pain, discomfort, frustration and exhilaration of the American military experience in Vietnam." --Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review
"The novel about the Vietnam War. . .Del Vecchio has constructed a classic war novel, a complex and frightening book, that gets it right." --Chicago Sun Times
"An important and distinctly American book." --William Plummer, Newsweek
This 1982 American Book Award nominee tells the strange and terrifying story of the Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelni, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in Vietcong-controlled territory.
About the Author
John M. Del Vecchio
graduated from Lafeyette College in 1969. He was drafted and sent to Vietnam in 1970, where he served as combat correspondent in the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). In 1971 he was awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism in Ground Combat. He is author of Darkness Falls
, Carry Me Home
, and For the Sake of All Living Things