Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (Paperback)

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You would never guess that this gripping novel is Marlantes' first. Karl served as a Marine in Vietnam, and uses his experience and talent to make this fictional work into an all-too-real experience. From the first page to the last, the reader is thrust onto the battlefield, and obligated to determine right and wrong, heroism and cowardice, and navigate racial tensions. These Marines were just kids, most not even knowing why they were there, yet fighting for pride, honor, their families, and freedom. Most importantly Marlantes succeeds at illustrating the ultimate bravery of these kids putting their lives on the line. This is an imperative read.

— Mike, Albuquerque

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“Every war has produced seminal fiction, but in the case of Vietnam there have been few examples. Marlantes now increases that list with a towering, majestic novel of men in combat. Like all great literature, his work transcends a particular war because of the universality of his characters and themes. This is a novel that will endure.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802145574
ISBN-10: 0802145574
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: November 16th, 2010
Pages: 680
Language: English