Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War is a novel by American author and decorated Marine Karl Marlantes. It was first published by El Leon Literary Arts in . The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes Dispatches by Michael Herr A Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo The Quiet American by. Roger Perkins on Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn, an anger-fuelled Vietnam War tale of camaraderie and conflict.

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Book Review: ‘Matterhorn’ By Karl Marlantes — A Stark, Brutal Vietnam War Epic : NPR

And I suppose I can understand. The fact that the Air Force was more interested in cool-guy speed than effective ground support is to their eternal shame.

A Novel of the Vietnam War launched onto the bestseller lists inwhen United States was entrenched in two unpopular wars in ill-understood and seemingly hopeless places: Now, with maturity and distance, I had come to love them all. I never saw or heard of any such thing.

In addition, the uncompleted sections of the barbed wire had to be booby-trapped. I suspect this is one of the most honest and realistic portraits of combat in the Vietnam conflict. And I almost did volunteer, but instead received by degree and became a teacher with a deferment.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Seems obvious to me that when you operate in the most dangerous part of South Vietnam, and the weather is often bad, you must have full artillery coverage.

Too painful to admit, I guess. However, I am hesitant to share Matterhorn with anyone. I hope someday that Marlantes, flush with deserved success, will find an editor more eager to shape than cut, and a publisher with the guts to publish a cinderblock-sized novel. We were air-wingers and we billeted by shops. If I find evidence that I am right, I add it to the case I argue in my other military articles.


But still, I was surprised to read about reluctance of pilots in Matterhorn. This is a tall order when it comes to a subject that is both intrinsically unsharable not everyone can be a GI and innately unimaginable few ex-soldiers want to talk or write about what they have seen and done.

A year-old prior version of me did.

Open Preview See a Problem? Then the story picks up. Mar,antes an intricate story with a lot of characters to keep track of, but it’s worth it. They grouse about it to each other, but not up the chain of command. This book receives 4. And that, in turn, mattehorn dead marines, aggravation of the condition of wounded and sick marines, and inability to accomplish missions.

How do those officers look in the mirror thereafter? Himself a decorated Vietnam veteran Marine, Marlantes has also illustrated a description of his service that, though matteruorn objectively deals with the governmental and bureaucratic failings of the Corps, also offers a glimpse into what it means to be semper fidelis; though he states succinctly that a true understanding is unattainable for the rest of us.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes | Book review | Books | The Guardian

The patrol emerged from the wire, and the young Marines climbed slowly up the slope of the new fire support base, FSB Matterhorn, bent over with fatigue, picking their way around shattered stumps and dead trees that gave no shelter.

That is, they must stay within a day or two of their bases so they can walk back when maroantes are approaching end of food, medical supplies, water, and ammo. As it progressed I got to identify with the lead players, worrying for their safety and rooting for them as they went into battle. A big, powerful saga of men in combat, written over the course of thirty-five years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. There is levity through out in its proper place. I hope he gets in touch with me.


For Vietnam marlanfes, who returned home only to face insults and shunning, the stories remained locked inside. So he kept going.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Have them battle against overwhelming odds. I did not get lucky enough to work 7am to 7pm when heat of the day was canceled by the air conditioned work spaces required by that electronic circuitry. So he went back to a second draft, and a third… Finally, 35 years after he first sat down at his manual typewriter — by now divorced and in his 60s — he completed the novel that’s called Matterhorna debut that has been hailed by American critics as the definitive Vietnam novel of our times — “One of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam” New York Times.

So is Bill Clinton. It got men on the ground killed during the Vietnam war and not just in a fictional book like Matterhorn. Combat is not Marlantes’s deepest subject.

It’s a superlative book, no adjectives need apply. It’s probably not a spoiler to say some of the characters die, but Kqrl was surprised at just how many did. Merchant Marine Academy give give him a diploma.