- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (May 1 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786145854
- ISBN-13: 978-0786145850
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
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"An unremittingly honest look into the black pit of war....Larry Heinemann's voice is clear and true." -The New York Time"The best work of fiction to come out of the Vietnam War." -The Houston Chronicle"Close Quarters can stand with the finest Vietnam writing, fact or fiction." --Chicago Tribune“The most ambitious and substantial novel about the war in Vietnam . . . . the first one that people can read 75 years from now and gain an insight into how the war was truly fought . . . following the talk of the soldiers, you feel more like an eavesdropper than a reader.” —Kansas City Star --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo, Tim O'Brien, and Gustav Hasford.
In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier. In the tradition of Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial-- and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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That is, until he put the sights, sounds, smells and other sensations down on paper in his first novel, "Close Quarters," published in 1977.
Heinemann would reach the highest level of acclaim for an American author ten years after that, when he won the National Book Award for his second novel, "Paco's Story," published in '86.
"CQ" starts on the first day of Philip 'Deadeye' Dosier's tour of duty and ends on his last, but what goes on in-between will profoundly affect its readers for the rest of their lives.
Heinemann carefully maintains that "CQ" is called "fiction" for a reason, and says that while he and Dosier share a good many things, the author knows a lot more about 'Deadeye' than 'Deadeye' knows about him.
For a check of facts vs. fiction, see Heinemann's masterful 2005 memoir, "Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam."
In the meantime, be prepared for rough terrain while reading "CQ," which may be 'fictional,' but at no time any less than completely believable. It's easy to read, though difficult to take at times; mostly however, it's impossible to put down once you start.
This ain't "Rambo," this is the real deal, from one of America's living, writing legends!
Maybe it deserved 5 stars. What the hell do I know?