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Going After Cacciato

Going After Cacciato By Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereWinner of the National Book Award Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars

  • Title: Going After Cacciato
  • Author: Tim O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780767904421
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • Going After Cacciato By Tim O'Brien Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereWinner 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 IndochAlternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereWinner 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 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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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      You VC he demanded of a little girl with braids You dirty VC The girl smiled Shit, man, she said gently You shittin me I met Tim O Brien briefly when he toured for In the Lake of the Woods back in 1994 Along with his signature he wrote on my copy of the book the word Peace I thanked him for his service to his country and I can remembered he paused for a moment, just long enough for me to think I d completely FUBARed the situation Then he stood up and shook my hand looking me in the eye for a lit [...]

    2. trivialchemy on said:

      Let me tell you something about Tim O Brien.Tim O Brien can write.I don t mean Tim O Brien can express ideas well, or that Tim O Brien knows how to make cogent points using the written language Hell, I can do that I can wake up hungover, drink a liter of coffee, and crank out an essay with a title like Intertextuality in Victorian Memoir the Solipsism of Affect, or some such mumbo jumbo, and it ll make your average literature professor at The Community College of Seriously Misfortuned Academics [...]

    3. Brian on said:

      In the whole of human history, I am of the extremely small percentage of males that did not fight in a war nor had my life changed as a result of one I am extremely fortunate to have been twice lucky born both where and born when So whether it is a truth seeking need to understand the sadness that countless men and women have had to endure, or it is some atavistic genetic tugging that keeps leading me back to these stories, I am addicted to the threnody of War.Although I will read almost any non [...]

    4. Darwin8u on said:

      These were hard lessons, true, but they were lessons of ignorance ignorant men, trite truths What remained was a simple event The facts, the physical things A war like any war No new messages Stories that began and ended without transition No developing drama or tension or direction No order Tim O Brien, Going After Cacciato At the level of the grunt, the soldier, the dirt and the blood, who wouldn t want to run Who wouldn t fantasize about just dropping everything and leaving the madness of war [...]

    5. Michael on said:

      Dreamlike story of a quest and an escape from war, of a soldier in Vietnam who decides he s had enough and begins hiking to Paris, and of the soldiers tasked with bringing him back The horror and absurdity and sheer unreality of war are on full display in this moving novel.

    6. ``Laurie Henderson on said:

      My first opinion of this book is that I found it disappointing This 336 page book is the first by the extremely talented, Vietnam veteran, Tim O Brien set during the Vietnam War Since O Brien had experienced all the horrors of being an infantry soldier I was expecting a gritty account of a soldier s life.How in the world this brilliant young man becomes an Infantry soldier is puzzling since only the lowest I.Q s were steered into this deadly occupation A soldier with the lowest I.Q could still h [...]

    7. Amanda on said:

      This book is not for everyone If you have trouble suspending disbelief or issues with magical realism, walk away now or read O Brien s The Things They Carried However, if you can just sit back and enjoy the ride as a master storyteller blurs the lines between reality and fantasy in such a way that there are no hard and fast truths which is the point in most of O Brien work , then you will most likely enjoy the experience Going After Cacciato is less accessible than The Things They Carried becaus [...]

    8. Jonfaith on said:

      It is one thing to run from unhappiness it is another to take action to realize those qualities of dignity and well being that are the true standards of the human spirit.I read this on a whim during a transition period I appreciated its swagger The premise is simple and fantastic, an infantryman frustrated by the lack of progress at the Paris Peace Talks, decides to walk there from Vietnam and his peers pursue him to save him from his own idealism.

    9. Helen on said:

      First things first If you want to read a book about the war in Viet Nam, only one, make it this one It s 1969, and Cacciato, a soldier in the US Army, has had enough He deserts, leaving clues for the other men in his unit indicating that he s decided to walk to Paris Now they re obligated to go after him, to follow him until he s captured And if that happens to take them to Paris, that s fine with them.It s 1969, and Paul Berlin is a Private First Class in the Viet Nam War On guard duty at the t [...]

    10. Mike on said:

      After reading, The Things They Carried, I immediately ran down to the library to check out O Brien s earlier writing, Going After Cacciato And maybe my expectations were too high, but I was very disappointed in this writing The Things They Carried was written in such a sophisticated manner Going After Cacciato seemed jagged and forced I really can t see what was so special about this book that it was nominated for a bunch of rewards I can only guess that there was a severe shortage of novels in [...]

    11. Dan on said:

      The Things They Carried is still O Brien s best, in my opinion, but Going After Cacciato is not far behind The ease with which he elicits emotions and the deftness with which he changes them is amazing When he describes a chopper ride into a hot LZ you can almost see, hear, and smell the experience He can make painful passages like Chapter 44 such an essential part of the story that you welcome the pain Best of all is his ability to surprise you time after time with subtle twists and turns Every [...]

    12. Larry Bassett on said:

      that was one of the jokes There was a joke about Oscar There were many jokes about Billy Boy Watkins, the way he d collapsed of fright on the field of battle Another joke was about the lieutenant s dysentery, and another was about Paul Berlin s purple biles There were jokes about the postcard pictures of Christ that Jim Pederson used to carry, and Stink s ringworm, and the way Buff s helmet filled with life after death Some of the jokes were about Cacciato Dumb as a bullet, Stink said Dumb as a [...]

    13. Mike on said:

      Annals of Coincidence, entry 1 I met Kareem a few days after New Year s in New York, at a restaurant we both like It was a Tuesday I think it was around 1pm It was one of those wonderful, finite number of weekdays when I didn t have to work As we ate and drank beer, Kareem told me about the book he d been reading and enjoying, The World According to Garp, by John Irving, which I ve never read Heard the title a few times over the years, heard the name John Irving, didn t know one had written the [...]

    14. John on said:

      AWARDS Winner of the National Book Award, 1979 To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby Dick a novel about whales, New York Times I have a hard time reading war stories or watching war movies and not feeling angry or upset afterward There are a couple exceptions Like Terrence Malick s, The Thin Red Line Or Tim O Brien s stories War stories that are about death and horrific violence, but also about life, about falling in love, and fucking, and relationships, and the peo [...]

    15. J.I. on said:

      This is a tough book to give five stars to Not because it isn t worthy, but because it is bound to be misleading Going after Cacciato begins innocently enough We meet Paul Berlin, a private in Vietnam and we meet his squadmates and we begin to see the struggles and the triumphs of these men Then Cacciato, a happy idiot along the lines of Chancy the gardener from the film Being There who decides he s had enough and he s going to walk the 8,600 miles to France Thus begins the chase and thus begins [...]

    16. Sophia on said:

      The subjective nature of life and reality has driven people to seek objective counsel in religion, astrology, spirituality, or any other source that claims some kind of sturdiness in a world of uncertainty Theodor Adorno, a twentieth century philosopher, suggests that literature shouldn t play to this weakness of the mind for completeness and continuity which follows an epistemological impulse Getting at truth means exposing different angles, even if they contradict Reality is fragmentary , to p [...]

    17. Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ on said:

      In battle, in a war, a soldier sees only a tiny fragment of what is available to be seen The soldier is not a photographic machine He is not a camera He registers, so to speak, only those few items that he is predisposed to register and not a single thing Do you understand this So I am saying to you that after a battle each soldier will have different stories to tell, vastly different stories, and that when a was is ended it is as if there have been a million wars, or as many wars as there were [...]

    18. Ensiform on said:

      A Catch 22 for the Vietnam War, a hallucinatory dream sequence of a novel, alternating between horror in the muck of the rice paddies and jungles and black comedy It s very well written, and the scenes are stitched together evenly despite ranging from blunt street talking realism to elaborate flights of fantasy In the course of its dream plot chasing the deserter, who decides to walk from Vietnam to Paris , the book takes on philosophical issues such as whether Vietnam was morally different from [...]

    19. Andrew on said:

      Similar in approach to The Things They Carried, but not nearly as successful, largely because in trying to get around the problem of how to write a war story about a war as metaphysically unhinged as Vietnam, O Brien settles here on the weary kelson of the hallucinogenic, it was all a dream plot that, by its very architectonics, evacuates all the drama from the drama and leaves behind little but the words themselves For a writer like Pynchon, or Joyce, this might succeed But O Brien s success in [...]

    20. the gift on said:

      i have read this only 2 times, but memories of the book persist this is the first vietnam book i had read, most of my familiarity is through films like apocalypse now this book is also as fantastic, also as extreme, and the idea that the only escape from a horror is through the imagination, to me this suggests the value of art there is the wonderful, deadpan recitation of deaths that begin the book there is les evenements of paris 1968 there is everything in between.

    21. Nancy Oakes on said:

      What part was fact and what part was the extension of fact And how were facts separated from possibilities What had really happened and what merely might have happened How did it end Normally a book of 336 pages is nothing daunting and usually takes about 2 3 days of reading time I spent well over one week on Going After Cacciato, filled one entire spiral bound notebook with notes and questions and went through almost an entire package of little sticky tabs for marking things I wanted to come ba [...]

    22. Nathan Leech on said:

      This just did not really resonate with me I really liked The Things They Carried when I read it many years ago, so maybe I just need a high school teacher to spoon feed this one to me too Writing was good though I just didn t get it Except that war is the worst That is definitely clear

    23. Elizabeth☮ on said:

      This is the first book O Brien released and the last one for me to read I still have his memoir to tackle also The Caccicato in the title is a character that is only on the periphery of the story Our real protagonist is Paul Berlin He is a PFC in the same platoon as Cacciato who way day deserts his post The men are then torn as to whether or not they will go after him They decide to pursue him And then we enter the world of O Brien in which things may not be what they seem All along I knew there [...]

    24. Dominic on said:

      Although Going After Cacciato is a surreal counterpoint to The Things They Carried, it is every bit as eye opening, visceral, and powerful as that masterwork And O Brien can really really write This is definitely a book I want to reread and study a little closely Some stunning chapters throughout There are two narratives in this novel, one a trippy road novel laced with magical realism and one a gritty look through flashbacks at aspects of American soldiers during the Vietnam War It all ends in [...]

    25. Lara on said:

      I read this book perhaps 20 years ago on my fathers a World War Two vet with shell shock recommendation I could see why my father liked it and I probably read it partially through his eyes I think the anxiety PTSD can be somewhat inherited by living with a veteran.In any case I liked the book a lot Really well written, fascinating, heartbreaking.

    26. Louis Knecht on said:

      Personal Response I read the book, Going After Cacciato, by Tim O Brien I thought it was a very exciting book and well written I enjoyed reading it, because it was interesting to learn about some war stories from Vietnam.Plot There were many different stories that took place in the plot In the beginning of the book, Cacciato decided to leave his unit He planned his trip all out and he started walking to Paris from Vietnam When their lieutenant found out that Cacciato left, he ordered his unit to [...]

    27. Kate on said:

      One routinely violent afternoon in Vietnam, private Cacciato, a boy soldier who is as dumb as a month old oyster fart, sheds his gear and decides to leave the war 8600 miles from the Quang Ngai province to gay Paree, to be exact 4 5 So follow our heroes , the Third Squad, First Platoon, Alpha Company, First Battalion of the 46th Infantry, charged with catching the AWOL soldier white whale Their hunt first leads them through the jungle, terrain that Specialist Fourth Class Paul Berlin knows the w [...]

    28. Nancy on said:

      I deeply admire Tim O Brien s ability to structure this book, weaving events and imagined events together at first imperceptibly, causing the reader to wonder and suspect, and then openly He makes the point that no one witness to events can accurately describe what happened, in that perceptions differ Personally, I am uncomfortable with books that deal with war, and the Vietnam War is especially difficult because I am from that era and have friends who were there If the imagined sequences hadn [...]

    29. Corey on said:

      My hope is that readers might feel something of what I felt as a young man at war We all know, of course, that war is terrible However, for most of us, such knowledge is abstract and sterile It is one thing to understand that the American war is Vietnam was morally ambiguous and morally complicated It is another to feel personally ensnared in those ambiguities and complications.

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