Going After Cacciato
I first encountered this Vietnam novel in Thomas Foster's book How to Read Literature Like a Professor because he plays so much with the literary canon; it's a really unique reading experience. The potential to rabbit trail are huge because this book plays with all the other novels you've either read before, or you'll want to after googling the references.
A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
“To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales.”
So wrote The New York Times of Tim O’Brien’s now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.
In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it’s about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.
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