For the December readalong for the 2014 War Challenge With a Twist at War Through the Generations, Serena and I are turning our attention to Vietnam. Tim O’Brien always comes to mind when I think about books about the Vietnam War, and I can’t wait to finally read the copy of Going After Cacciato that has been sitting on my shelf for too long.
“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. (publisher’s summary)
Here’s the schedule for the discussions, which will be held on War Through the Generations:
Friday, Dec. 12: Chapters 1-24
Friday, Dec. 19: Chapters 24-the end
We hope you will read along with us, and even if you’ve already read the book, please feel free to join the discussion!
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