- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140127615
- ISBN-13: 978-0140127614
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,023,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pacos Story Paperback – Oct 1 1989
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Paco Sullivan arrives in town penniless and job-hunting, the rain evaporating off the street forming "pungent steam so thick you would think his legs were cut off at the knees." In truth, the enigmatic Paco is indeed crippled. He is the sole survivor of an infantry company "pulverized to ash" in the Vietnam War. The methodical monotony of a dishwashing job in a diner offers some salve, though everyday things bring back savage memories. Heinemann's second novel--the first, Close Quarters, was based on his combat experience in Vietnam--is narrated through the collective voices of Paco's dead colleagues and offers a war veteran's envious and despairing view of the regular world. Paco's Story won the 1987 National Book Award.
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Not for the weak at heart, Paco's Story is a no-holds-barred narrative told in the most haunting of voices. A must read.
Author Larry Heinemann's use of language is so lyrical that the prose here has a rhythm that is musical. His descriptions are graphic enough that the reader almost can smell the blood, hear the screams, taste the fear.
At times, PACO'S STORY is painful to read, but that is a direct consequence of Heinemann's mastery of the topic. This novel deservedly won the National Book Award.
PACO'S STORY is as significant report of the Vietnam era as CATCH-22 was of World War II.
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