Dog Soldiers Paperback – Apr 3 1987
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Like Michael Herr's Dispatches, Robert Stone's National Book Award-winning novel Dog Soldiers trades on a hallucinatory vision of Vietnam as a place in which all honor and morality are ceded to the mere business of survival -- and, better, survival with personal profit. "This is the place where everybody finds out who they are," says the novel's protagonist, the journalist Converse, to which his friend and partner in crime Ray Hicks replies, "What a bummer for the gooks." Converse convinces Hicks to smuggle a shipment of heroin back to the United States, renegade CIA agents pop up, and all hell breaks loose in this beautifully written, dark study of the soul in anguish.
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Robert Stone is the award-winning author of several novels, including the bestsellers Outerbridge Reach and Damascus Gate.See all Product Description
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Dog Soldiers is a story laced with despair, paranoia, and several other not so fuzzy moods, and this quote from the main character elegantly demonstrates this mood. The tone of the book was a point of interest and displeasure for me, since this was one of my first experiences with total negativity, it was a fun struggle for me to understand the point or the necessity of such an angry mood. At the same time it made me very uncomfortable, sometimes to the point where I would have to stop reading for the day.
There is a constant stream of action in this story, which makes it rather difficult to process what's going on as it happens. The story rarely drags and it is written so that it feels very real and alive. Slang terms are used often too, which are also hard to understand. But after the first few chapters it seems that most readers are able to get around this and start enjoying the fast paced style in which the book is written. This style also adds to the mood of panic and paranoia that encompass the entire book as Marge, Hicks, and Converse try to flee with their dope.
Marge, Hicks, and Converse are the book's three main characters, and as the plot follows first Converse's activities and then moves back and forth between Hicks and Converse, these two main characters develop into very complicated people. Marge's character isn't delved into as much, but it didn't seem to be that she was usually thinking about much besides the next time she could get high. Some of the things Converse and Hicks did or said still baffle me, just like the characters that are a part of my real life.Read more ›
The plan is a screw-up from the jump because, as Stone makes clear, his bogus hippies are. A bent DEA agent...along with an ex-prison, booty buddy narco team...is ready. Ready to "LIBERATE" the heroin from them for their own nefarious purposes as soon as the Converse-Hicks (& Converse' dippy drug abusing, feckless Flower Power wife) Connection delivers the goods in San Francisco.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I had never heard of Robert Stone when I picked up an old paperback printing of this novel at a flea market. Reading it blew me away. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002
Framed in a story of drug smuggling gone wrong is a bleak portrait of America in the 1970s and of the people living then, specifically the subcultures. Read morePublished on April 14 2001
Look, this is an American classic, simply one of the best novels I've ever read. It's way over the heads and hearts of all but a few high school students, yet someone in Iowa City... Read morePublished on March 16 2001
Stone's DOG SOLDIERS is a fine book, but if you happen to see this without exploring the rest of the reviews on Amazon -- access them. Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by Allan MacInnis
It's a shame that this book's star average has been kept down by all those lame reviews from Iowa - where presumably it was set as some sort of high school project - because Dog... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000
Robert Stone's National Book Award winning novel, "Dog Soldiers", may have a special resonance for the generation of Americans who lived through the sixties and... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2000
Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers is one of the most important novels to come out of the Vietnam experience. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2000 by colm rourke