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Matterhorn is a marvel--a living, breathing book with Lieutenant Waino Mellas and the men of Bravo Company at its raw and battered heart. Karl Marlantes doesn't introduce you to Vietnam in his brilliant war epic--he unceremoniously drops you into the jungle, disoriented and dripping with leeches, with only the newbie lieutenant as your guide. Mellas is a bundle of anxiety and ambition, a college kid who never imagined being part of a "war that none of his friends thought was worth fighting," who realized too late that "because of his desire to look good coming home from a war, he might never come home at all." A highly decorated Vietnam veteran himself, Marlantes brings the horrors and heroism of war to life with the finesse of a seasoned writer, exposing not just the things they carry, but the fears they bury, the friends they lose, and the men they follow. Matterhorn is as much about the development of Mellas from boy to man, from the kind of man you fight beside to man you fight for, as it is about the war itself. Through his untrained eyes, readers gain a new perspective on the ravages of war, the politics and bureaucracy of the military, and the peculiar beauty of brotherhood. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Visceral . . . Evocative . . . We feel the Marines' exhaustion as they dig gun pits, carry dead and wounded comrades, and nearly die from hunger. . . . We hear the scream of the M-16s, the thunk of mortar shells, the hammering of AK-47s and the crack of bullets. We smell the stink of fear, blood and unwashed bodies. . . . [Marlantes] pitches us into a harrowing narrative we won't soon forget." --USA Today
"I've laughed at Catch-22 and wept at The Thin Red Line, but I've never encountered a war novel as stark, honest and wrenching as Matterhorn. . . . By turns, this book horrified me, crushed me and beat me up, but I found it nearly impossible to stop reading. More than any living American novelist I've read, Marlantes made me feel what I already must have known: that war is worse than hell." --NPR
"Matterhorn is a novel of great authority and humanity. It builds inexorably to a devastating and magnificent final movement." --Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
"Unforgettable . . . A beautifully crafted novel of unrivaled authenticity and power, filled with jungle heroism, crackerjack inventiveness, mud, blood, brotherhood, hatred, healing, terror, bureaucracy, politics, unfathomable waste, and unfathomable love." --Christina Robb, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of This Changes Everything
"Matterhorn is that rare modern novel destined to become a classic. Karl Marlantes has written a riveting and harrowing portrait of young men at war." --Vince Flynn, author of Pursuit of Honor
"Matterhorn is one of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the Vietnam War, and war in general that I have ever read." --Dan Rather
"As warfare shapeshifts its way into a new century, the publication of Matterhorn is perfectly timed. Karl Marlantes tells a riveting, richly detailed personal tale of soldiers in Vietnam, and in doing so, he brilliantly illuminates the defining war of the last half of the twentieth century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the best books I've read about the human spirit and the Marines in the Vietnam War. Marlantes is on that top shelf along with Tim O'Brien and John Del Vecchio.Published 3 months ago by snort
Quite simply, few war novels -- if any -- have combined the existential narrative of war as it really is, philosophical insight into the soul and humanity, and and superb writing... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Prof Craig M Scott
This is such a valuable book about the Vietnam War. Now I understand why my friends came back from "Nam" all shot up emotionally as well as physically. Read morePublished on June 2 2013 by viv sea
we have not had the time to read this novel yet so it is impossible to give it a rating at this timePublished on Jan. 5 2013 by bonnie
The story, the characters, the setting, social, political and racial issues of the day, are all well presented, unfortunately I just didn't get to the point were I cared very much. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2011 by smoke