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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War is a novel by American author and decorated Marine Karl Marlantes. It was first published by El Leon Literary Arts in . The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes Dispatches by Michael Herr A Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo The Quiet American by. Roger Perkins on Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn, an anger-fuelled Vietnam War tale of camaraderie and conflict.

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Marlwntes the one probable became a fact. You don’t get to spend enough time with any of them to really make a connection. The key to succeeding in life is to know thyself and match your unique combination of strengths and weaknesses to a career. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

He is beset by doubts about his abilities, and yet wants to do more than just survive. They shuddered at the thought. I recall hearing one of the journalists who covered this war saying that we, as a nation, often refer to the men who fought in WWII as our “greatest generation”, but that the teenagers who fought in Vietnam were no less brave and no less great.

Another author of a military book did contact me after I put that request in my review.

‘Matterhorn’: A Beautiful, Brutal Vietnam War Epic

I further got the impression from Matterhorn that some men died and others suffered permanent injuries—deaths and disabilities that could have been avoided because of this reluctance.

He has some likeable and unlikeable qualities, but above all else he feels real. All the voices were distinct, and I had no trouble understanding one voice from another even though the cast of characters was big!

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. If I had more time, I would go back and extract the tips from every combat book ever written that had them and consolidate them into a book that would save a lot of lives of those who read it, especially commanders who read it. His desires and inexperience could get him killed.


In it, one of the key dialog exchanges is the non-lifer officers dismissing Captain Queeg, the lifer central character as a total loser. Then the story picks up. Just some fucking gold so it all makes sense. For myself, I’ll be listening to The End from The Doors and then plan on going into a full-on Martin Sheen- Apocalypse Now -freak-out as I lay on a bed staring up at the ceiling fan in a pair of tidy whiteys until I drink enough to punch out a mirror and then break down crying.

Quite simply, it’s too marlantew to try to make history out of Vietnam in the same way it WAY too early to try to make history out of Kark and Afghanistan. He has Corporals maflantes have survived a couple of tours in the jungle and at the tender age of 19 are now crusty veterans.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes | Book review | Books | The Guardian

Are you there yet? For example, one of my company commanders woke up my night shift radio operators during the day to make them pretend to be taking a class some colonel wanted. It only made sense that if you killed two, with the way the NVA pulled out bodies, you had to have some probables.

Colonel Mulvaney his Marlantea Commander expresses his own jaded views about the war.

The portrayal of how decisions were made and the greed for promotions couldn’t be portrayed better. He was challenged by a group of young anti-war protesters “hollering obscenities”, chanting “babykiller” and waving north Vietnamese flags. I want to thank Karl Marlantes for the experience and the insight. I once wrote a theatrical play about my experience in the Army. Matterhorn conveys the senselessness and brutality of this perhaps especially senseless and brutal war.

It shaped a generation, at least, and conditioned our response to things like Iraq and Afghanistan. Well, I don’t know how to answer that, and I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this book, but I’m glad I read it and I’m really glad Karl Marlantes lived to write it.

The only problem I had with the book as it presently exists is an ill advised sidetrip to a hospital ship, wherein one mattdrhorn the characters engages in a poorly conceived, sloppily executed discussion with a nurse.


Paperbackpages. I could not find a way to contact him mzrlantes line.

At one point, he admits to his friend, Lt. I listened to this book on audio, although I own the book.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes: review – Telegraph

My only dislike was the length of the book almost pageswhich doesn’t fit well with my limited attention span. So I did in that rewrite of the first act. To his partial credit, he went out alone on that suicide mission. It turns our stomach. Black power is rearing its head in the ranks: But don’t worry, the book includes a helpful organizational flow chart and it also has maps!

I feel like I understand slightly more about war now than I did before, which is good even though it makes me feel really despairing and sad. Nam Phong had several squadrons of aircraft and the many mechanics and technicians necessary to keep our birds flying and bomb dropping. Matterhorn is a very good book: Having said all that, I was surprised at the open zeal for medals and promotions to company commander among the junior officers in Matterhorn.

The stateside anti-war spitting at soldiers and all that was another part of it. It’s called Agent Orange Yes, you read correctly. I don’t think I could every truly know how it felt or what it meant to be there but if it gave me even an inkling of what our service men and women endured, I have gained something.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Relying on marine toughness to make up the difference is mindless. There’s no such thing as a kind or gentle war, but the sheer brutality and hopelessness of Vietnam set the tone for American conversations about war and foreign policy for decades after. Once they finish the fortifications, they are ordered off the hill and into the jungle. Here is all the insanity of conflict.