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Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War (Paperback)

Author:  Karl Marlantes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802145310
ISBN-13: 9780802145314
Sku: 217623139
Publish Date: 5/10/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.75T
Pages:  608
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An incredible publishing story--written over the course of 30 years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, a "New York Times" bestseller for 16 weeks, a National Indie Next and a "USA TODAY" bestseller--"Matterhorn" 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.
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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. Reprint. A best-selling book.
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.


"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) 01/11/2010

"[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." - Sebastian Junger 04/04/2010

"[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." - David Masiel 03/30/2010

"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." - Mark Bowden 04/18/2010

"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." - Michael Harris 04/12/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0608
Product attributePublisher:   Grove Press
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