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Matterhorn

por Karl Marlantes

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In the tradition of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" and James Jones's "The Thin Red Line," Marlantes tells the powerful and compelling story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood.… (mais)
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    The Things They Carried por Tim O'Brien (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Both excellent fictional accounts based on Vietnam wartime experience.
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    Dispatches por Michael Herr (erickandow)
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    In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War por Tobias Wolff (clif_hiker)
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    Chickenhawk por Robert Mason (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: This memoir is a fitting complement to Matterhorn's grunt's perspective, giving an account from the point of view of a Huey pilot with the 1st Cav. One is nominally fiction and the other "fact", though it's hard, if not impossible, to tell which is which.… (mais)
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    What It Is Like to Go to War por Karl Marlantes (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Nonfiction by the author of Matterhorn, this one is a great look at war through the eyes of someone who has been there - what we've done right, what we've done wrong, what we have to change.
  6. 10
    Fields of Fire por James Webb (ecureuil)
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    Life and Fate por Vasily Grossman (chrisharpe)
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    The sorrow of war por Bao Ninh (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Whether American or Vietnamese, the experience of the Vietnam/American war was shared, and these two books explore the experience of fighting and remembering from differing perspectives.
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    Parzival por Wolfram von Eschenbach (alanteder)
    alanteder: "Matterhorn" author Karl Marlantes has said that part of the inspiration for his Vietnam War novel also comes from the Parsifal (aka Parzival aka Percival) Arthurian/Grail legends. See his speaking engagement at the Pritzker Military Library for instance at http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2010/09-23-karl-marlantes.jsp… (mais)
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    The Forever War por Joe Haldeman (mysterymax)
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    The 13th Valley por John M. Del Vecchio (paulkid)
    paulkid: Similar books that explore the psyches of grunts and their lieutenants, focusing on a small number of company-sized military operations. Both are rich in character development, and capture how soldiers deal with the constant threat of unexpected death and pain. For example, compare Del Vechhio's mantra "Don't mean nuthin'" to Marlantes' "There it is". Both great books.… (mais)
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    A Rumor of War por Philip Caputo (hvg)
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Intense. Exhausting at times. But almost instantly engrossing each time you pick it up. They should add this to high school reading lists for the Vietnam era. ( )
  gonzocc | Mar 31, 2024 |
Wow.
  Mark_Feltskog | Dec 23, 2023 |
A brutal, compelling and believable (for all its unbelievable horrors and hardships) portrayal of the Vietnam war, through the eyes of a young Marine Lieutenant (closely based on the author).

In the early stages, it gives a convincing depiction of the banality and boredom of war. Then things start to get truly awful.

It is not without flaws - some of the characters were not tremendously convincing (one character never comes across as charismatic as we're told he is), and many more lacked distinction (ironically, an early point of the book is that the main character can't remember the names of the people in his platoon people's names - in the book, the names aren't the problem, it's telling the characters apart). Interestingly, one of the best defined characters is a fellow lieutenant with whom he has very little in common (although there exists a mutual respect).

But these feel like quibbles, and to dwell on them is to miss the point, and accomplishment, of the book: presenting a compelling and convincing account of the prosecution of the Vietnam war. It shows the waste and the pointlessness, but also demonstrates the pride, courage and commitment of the soldiers (the Marine Corps, interestingly enough). It shows the strains places on all levels of the military, and while it frequently shows the senior backroom military in a bad light, it also tries to show some of the circumstances they were working under, and hence contextualise their decisions. Finally, it also illuminates many possible reasons why the Vietnam war went so badly for the American military. ( )
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
Gritty. Raw. Violent. Tender. Heroic. That's war. That's what this novel captures and conveys. For those of us fortunate enough to have never experienced it first-hand, this book takes the reader as close to the action as most of us would ever care to be. We've seen some of this on television and in film. Yet in many ways this novel makes it more intimate, more personal, more real.

The descriptions are spot on and tactile. Some situations make the reader squirm. The story is heartbreaking. Boys grow into men in no time at all. Strangers become brothers. And then some of them are dead. This is war. Victory is elusive. Glory is fleeting. Heroism is unsatisfying.

The narrative starts by following the story of a Marine lieutenant fresh out of boot camp. Mellas is out of his depth, and so is the reader. You're just starting to get acquainted with him and his viewpoint when the perspective shifts to that of another officer and his ruminations about Mellas and the situation. That should be well and good. A limited third-person narrative can use multiple viewpoints. But the author gets a little liberal in his 'head hopping', handing the baton to any convenient character and sometimes doing it in rapid fire within a scene. The narrative even slips into omniscient viewpoint, describing things from beyond any single person. The overall effect created a distance between this reader and the characters. A tighter focus might have created more intimacy.

This could have been a great book. As it is, it's still quite good and I would recommend it. Just be ready to put some effort into slogging through the jungle with these grunts. ( )
  zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
The novel Matterhorn is an excellent example of what Edwin Star meant when he sang "War, What is it Good For." Some of the most gritty & realistic descriptions of battles, and them men & women who fight them, that I've ever read. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
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In zijn sublieme roman Matterhorn doorbreekt Vietnam-veteraan Karl Marlantes het stilzwijgen dat de maatschappij verwacht van hen die het smerigste werk moeten opknappen: de gevechtssoldaten.
Als verhalenverteller brengt Marlantes effectief het gevoel over wat oorlog is. De gekte, de pijn, maar ook de vriendschap en de liefde. Het maakte dit oorlogsboek populair bij vrouwen in Amerika.
adicionada por sneuper | editarde Volkskrant, Arie Elshout (Nov 14, 2011)
 
Chapter after chapter, battle after battle, Marlantes pushes you through what may be one of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam — or any war. It’s not a book so much as a deployment, and you will not return unaltered.
 
"It reads like adventure and yet it makes even the toughest war stories seem a little pale by comparison."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarThe Washington Post, David Masiel (Mar 30, 2010)
 

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Between the emotion and the response, the desire and the spasm, falls the shadow (Matterhorn, p. 597)
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In the tradition of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" and James Jones's "The Thin Red Line," Marlantes tells the powerful and compelling story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood.

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