by Brodie, December 10, 2007 11:56 AM
This is definitely an antiwar novel. It doesn't take long to know things will not turn out well. Over the course of a night and a day in a veterans hospital, Walter and Braiden meet and spend time talking about what they've gone through. It is impossible for them not to become bound to each other, simply because of their shared war experience. They are Vietnam vets; Braiden has been in the hospital a long time, and Walter ends up in the bed next to him. The narrative alternates between Braiden's and Walter's voices, chapter by chapter, to create an incredibly visceral, potent, and compelling story. Dirty Work, to me, is Larry Brown's best and saddest book.