Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (Hardcover)

Author: Marlantes, Karl

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Intense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones’s The Thin Red Line. It is the timeless 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. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever. Written by a highly decorated Marine veteran over the course of thirty years, Matterhorn is a spellbinding and unforgettable novel that brings to life an entire world—both its horrors and its thrills—and seems destined to become a classic of combat literature.


Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780802119285
SKU 212594771
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 080211928X
Release Date 3/23/2010
"Thirty years in the making, Marlantes's epic debut is a dense, vivid narrative spanning many months in the lives of American troops in Vietnam as they trudge across enemy lines, encountering danger from opposing forces as well as on their home turf....Marlantes's debut may be daunting in length, but it remains a grand, distinctive accomplishment." (starred review)
"[A] raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history....[MATTERHORN] 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."
"[MATTERHORN] reads like adventure and yet it makes even the toughest war stories seem a little pale by comparison....[The book] isn't new at all, but it reminds us of the horror of all war by laying waste to romantic notions and napalming the cool factor of video games and GENERATION KILL. Marlantes denies us the heartbreaking beauty found in James Webb's FIELDS OF FIRE, while refusing the hallucinatory madness of DISPATCHES."
"There has never been a more realistic portrayal of men in combat....Vietnam is the setting for this extraordinary, inspiring, and compelling first book by Karl Marlantes, but the author is concerned with larger themes. Matterhorn could have been written about combat anywhere, anytime. It is a rich, fine, powerful story told with excruciating precision about men driven to extremes of fear and courage."
"Marlantes paces the novel expertly, stringing together a rising series of climaxes that ends in Bravo Company's thrilling, heartbreaking assault on Matterhorn....We may have to go back to Norman Mailer's THE NAKED AND THE DEAD to find comparable descriptions of the backbreaking, soul-draining work of soldiering."
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Editors Note In a story by a decorated Marine veteran who fought in the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his fellow Marines venture into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and fight their way into manhood, meeting not only external obstacles but also those between each other, including racial tension, competing ambitions and underhanded officers. A first novel.
Annotation A visceral, gripping, epic novel of the Vietnam War written by a highly decorated war veteran, MATTERHORN throbs with compelling authenticity on each of its many hundred pages. Though its topics are embedded in our cultural consciousness--napalm, Agent Orange, tortured soldier's souls, the chaos of guerrilla warfare, the impossible ethics of violence, the beauty and horrors of the jungle, loyalty, insanity, friendship, and death--MATTERHORN renders the Vietnam experience anew, boring relentlessly down on the specific kinetic reality of the time and place. Karl Marlantes writes with an intense immediacy reminiscent of Mailer's THE NAKED AND THE DEAD or James Jones's THE THIN RED LINE. MATTERHORN deserves to take its place on the short list of great works about America's engagement in Vietnam and the powerful reality of armed combat. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0592
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press

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