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Matterhorn
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War | Karl Marlantes
Intense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailers The Naked and the Dead and James Joness The Thin Red Line. It 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. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever. Written by a highly decorated Marine veteran over the course of thirty years, Matterhorn is a spellbinding and unforgettable novel that brings to life an entire worldboth its horrors and its thrillsand seems destined to become a classic of combat literature.
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hwestfall
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I am listening to the audiobook of Matterhorn BUT... I am wondering if I should read it also. I really, really want to skim this beginning part with the leeches 😬😳💀

rachelm Omg cannot handle leeches!! 1mo
hwestfall It‘s bad @rachelm! It‘s like Stand By Me but worse 😱 1mo
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Amiable
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When a novel is so engrossing it makes you unaware of your surroundings and you almost miss your stop on the train. How can I explain to my boss that I was late because my book is too good? 🧐

Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve heard this one is amazing, but I just have trouble imagining myself liking it. 4mo
DGRachel That was such an intense book. It feels almost wrong to say I loved it, but it was powerful. So many tears. 4mo
CareBear This is one of my all-time favorites. 4mo
Amiable @Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m not sure you are supposed to like it. It‘s more like you are supposed to absorb the blow of the experience as it batters your mind, heart and soul. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Hmmm. Interesting. That makes me more curious. 4mo
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Amiable
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Settling down to start reading this book about a young Marine lieutenant and his comrades in Bravo Company who are dropped into the mountain jungles of Vietnam.

arubabookwoman Amazing book! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#WanderingJune I came across this book while watching the Netflix documentary The Staircase. Todd Peterson was reading the tagged book and it sounded really good. (I‘m always open to a book recommendation) I‘d love to read this book in the Fall/Winter!!! Anyone care to join me?? #GoodNightSaigon is also one of my favorite Billy Joel songs ❤️🎵At 2015 BJ concert he brought out a dozen Vietnam vets on stage and they sang with him. Very MOVING 👇🏼

Clwojick That was a GOOD documentary. I love those true crime ones. Have you seen The Imposter? 5mo
Cinfhen At that same concert his wife (number 4) had given birth the day before so he was throwing cigars out into the audience xx He always puts on the BEST shows and it‘s almost always a different playlist. 5mo
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BarbaraBB That is moving indeed 💜 5mo
Kimberlone This book is very good! Also Marlantes is heavily featured in the Ken Burns PBS documentary on the Vietnam war along with Tim O‘Brien. If you haven‘t watched the documentary I highly recommend! 5mo
Cinfhen No, I will check it out @Clwojick I‘m always looking for true crime recommendations xx Thanks 😁 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Kimberlone will look for it!! Tim O‘ Brien is such a prolific author...I‘m sure that documentary is fantastic. 5mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB The power of music🎶 it gets me EVERY TIME 😭😭😭😭😭 5mo
Bookzombie I will join you! I have had this on my shelf for ages. 5mo
Cinfhen Great @Bookzombie 🙏🏻I‘ll keep a list and a mental note and we can discuss the dates/time after the summer 5mo
Leftcoastzen Count me in ! On mountain TBR for a long time! 5mo
Kimberlone @Cinfhen i cried so many times. It is fantastic 5mo
Bookwormjillk I would love to read this in the Fall or Winter. I just got it out of the library actually, but probably won‘t get to it right now. I love that song too. Will have to listen to it now. 5mo
Cinfhen Great @Leftcoastzen @Bookwormjillk I have to pick up a copy over the summer and figure out the best way to breakdown the book. Looking forward 🤓and the song is really a touching one. 5mo
squirrelbrain One of my favourite BJ songs too. You must have seen him a few months before us... His wife brought the baby for her first gig when we were there! He played Leningrad that time (my absolute fave) and Viktor the clown was in the audience - bawled my eyes out! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen BJ live at least a half a dozen times and I don‘t think I‘ve ever seen him preform Leningrad. OMG!! I love his music @squirrelbrain what a gorgeous song to hear live 🎶♥️ 5mo
Crazeedi Loved Billy Joel live 5mo
squirrelbrain Watch right to the end of this vid.... https://youtu.be/Dr5IsKWHmkk 😭 Have you watched ‘A Matter of Trust, the Bridge to Russia‘? We meet Viktor in that and it really makes you understand the lyrics to Leningrad.... 5mo
Cinfhen No, I definitely will @squirrelbrain 5mo
mrp27 I own it and it's been on my tbr for years, count me in for a buddy read! 5mo
Cinfhen Yay @mrp27 I think it‘s going to be a good read!!!! 5mo
Suet624 This is an amazing book with a great backstory. 5mo
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Amiable
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When your son texts and asks you to find a specific book for him ... and you live in southeastern Connecticut ... there‘s one place you can always count on to find it: The Book Barn in Niantic!

AmberWB This book was amazing. He also wrote What It‘s Like To Go To War, which is about his experiences in Vietnam. It was excellent as well! 5mo
Amiable @AmberWB My son is a Marine and he said everyone he knows keeps telling him how awesome it is — I might have to read it first before I mail it to him! 5mo
AmberWB @Amiable Definitely read it! And, especially since your son is a Marine, he should absolutely read What It‘s Like To Go To War. I‘d be really interested to hear what he thinks! 5mo
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Been home sick for two days. On the upside was able to finish this incredible story. If you are looking for something different this is your book. Incredible insight to life,death, race, status, war, peace, and the kids that are dropped in the middle of it.

megzlynn This was a favorite of mine! 9mo
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Lkardos12
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Only two more sleeps until my second #24in48 Readathon! So excited for the reading ahead. Here is my TBR list... like summer 2018 I‘m expecting it to shift a bit given the weekend mood. Can‘t wait!! 😬

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I loved this quote about the banality of things which will simply disappear as if never there. The view is from my summer home on the tender vessel Naknek Spirit in Prince William Sound. #vietnamwar #banality #alaska #onthewater #war

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Saknicole
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Some safety comics on the tender vessel. #Mapsledgendsorotherbonusart #riotgrams #fishing

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Saknicole
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rather_be_reading wow! 😍 1y
Linsy Beautiful! 💙 1y
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Saknicole
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Hanging out at unknown island looking for seagull eggs #riotgrams #alaska #cordova #seagull

knittedgnome To quote a toddler "but why"? Lol! Maybe they are a pest? Science? 1y
Saknicole @knittedgnome my captain will eat them. Supposedly they are quite delicious. 1y
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Saknicole
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Beautiful day in Cordova aboard the NakNek Spirit. Waiting to paint the lazarette. #alaska #travelsandadventure #riotgrams

knittedgnome Beautiful!! 1y
AmyG Wow ❤️ 1y
ElishaLovesBooks Those mountains are gorgeous! 1y
Bookartbookmarks Jealous! 1y
Tex2Flo I don‘t even know what some of those words mean, but I‘m completely intrigued. 1y
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Saknicole
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In #Cordova #Alaska today. Apparently until the opener Monday it will be pretty boring. Good thing the weather is nice! #vietnamwar

Kimberlone Yay! You get a weekend of reading in the sun 1y
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Saknicole
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Cracking open Matterhorn on the deck of the MV Aurora. Headed to start my month long job on a tender out of Cordova. My view is a million miles away from Matterhorn and Hawke's jungle-rot-pussing hand. Thanks @Kimberlone for lending me the book. See you in a month! #Alaska #MVAurora #ferry #Vietnam #junglerot

Kimberlone Yay! Good luck out there and enjoy the book :) 1y
Kimberlone Looks like you had nice weather for the ferry ride! 1y
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QuincyNessig
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Pickpick

One of the best Vietnam novels, powerful and harrowing.

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SaraBeagle
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The story of a Marine regiment fighting on and around a hill in Vietnam, Matterhorn. It is not a novel that glorifies war. In fact, it is full of the futility, desperation, fear and frustration that can only be described by someone who experienced it first hand.

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Three books are missing (a GR win in the post, and two still in the few boxes I have yet to unpack), and At Swim, Two Boys is an optional for my #PassportLitsy.

Looking at it this way, I'm thinking a bit ambitious for 2018. Although, there's enough of a mix of genres that I may be okay. #MountTBR #MountTBR2018

Oh, this also does not include any of my #LitsyAtoZ. Those I'm allowing for mood reads - will select as appropriate from my shelves.

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IamIamIam I put myself on a book buying ban except for #LitsyPassport! Lol, so far, I've got 5 out of 10 prepped. Good luck with your TBR! 2y
IamIamIam Strike that, reverse it... I'm doing #PassportLitsy... lol 2y
drokka @IamIamIam I'm on a book buying ban as well. I have an anemic budget for all of 2018 and there are a couple books that I will be getting. Other than those planned books there's no money. 😂 The goal is to shop at home. 2y
drokka @IamIamIam I can never remember the tag for it. Lol 2y
IamIamIam Hahaha, I love it!!! Shop at home! I recently catalogued a few of our bookshelves and when I realized that halfway through all my books, I had over 150 unread, I freaked out a little!!! #BookwormsAnonymous 2y
IamIamIam There are 2 challenges, though! I keep getting confused... not like that's difficult! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Haha, yeah I never remember the hashtags....so let me help out--I think you also want #MountTBRchallenge and #TBRList for this post. 😘 2y
DivaDiane That‘s how I like to think of it: shopping at home! I‘ve found some really great books on my shelves these past couple of years since I started doing it in earnest. 2y
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Bookzombie
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Inspired by @Ashley_Nicoletto , here are my tentative picks for #yearofthechunkster in 2018. I own all of these except Winter. Stephen King is open because I‘m going to start in order of publication for him.

I hope it‘s okay I used your hashtag, Ashley! 🙂

emilyhaldi So many good ones on this list! I have this one on my 2018 tbr as well 😄 2y
SandyW Looks like an excellent list. Of you've room for one more, I'd add 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Of course! The more the merrier. Easy of Eden is amazinggg. 2y
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hermyknee @bookzombie @emilyhaldi @Ashley_Nicoletto East of Eden is one of my favorites! 2y
Bookzombie @emilyhaldi @Ashley_Nicoletto @hermyknee I already love Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath is one of my favorites. My husband read EoE this year and he keeps asking me when I‘m going to get to it. 🙂 2y
Bookzombie @SandyW Thanks! A Tale of Two Cities could be an option. Like Little Women, I feel like I read it when I was younger but I‘m not 100% sure. 😆 2y
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Texreader
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Watching the Vietnam War documentary is very emotional and recalls to mind this vicious and terrible story that so effectively told the Vietnam story from the eyes of the soldiers. It is wonderful that KM and Tim O'Brien are being interviewed and tonight O'Brien was left without words.

drokka My sis-in-law asked me if I was watching it, but I don't have a lot of Vietnam knowledge and told her that I wanted to wait and see once I'd read Matterhorn. I'm recording the show, but think I missed an episode or two. Hopefully it wi repeat before I've read the book (edited) 2y
Texreader @drokka I was like you but have read this book-wow it's powerful-and now watching the documentary. I feel like I was so unaware even though I was born in 1968 and therefore lived through half this war! My brain is in overload mode. Take it all slowly is all I can say. There are some nights I'm just in tears or numb. 2y
drokka Thanks for the warning. I've heard that both the Matterhorn and Burns's documentary are enlightening. I was born the year after you and know what I've seen in some films, but understand that a lot of that was fictionalized for entertainment. I'm looking forward to learning. 2y
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mrp27 This book is on my tbr pile. My Dad was a Vietnam Vet so I'm drawn to these types of books. I'm also currently watching the PBS show. It's good, detailed and informative but I agree, I'm taking it slow. I can only handle so much. 2y
Texreader @mrp27 I remember the post about your father. It was so touching. 2y
mrp27 @Texreader Yes! You remember? Thank you. Made me tear up that you remembered my dad and his service. 2y
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Kimberlone
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Anyone else getting into the new Ken Burns' documentary "The Vietnam War"? An inexplicably bad internet connection has prevented me from watching the last 2 nights, but finally catching up on Ep. 1 & 2 tonight. Karl Marlantes and Tim O'Brien are both featured as talking heads. Matterhorn is staggering, and The Things They Carried will remain one of my favorite books of all time. Essential readings on the American war experience in Vietnam.

bookishkris I watched the first two nights but not tonight. I was also pleased to see Neil Sheehan as a talking head; he and David Halberstam were some of the first reporters on the ground in the early '60's. 2y
Texreader I watched ep 1 but initially thought it was a weekly series rather than a daily one so I missed ep 2. I was teaching tonight and missed ep 3. I noticed the two authors in ep 1, and found it interesting that Ken Burns said he didn't talk to anyone famous, just everyday people. I guess those two are not "famous." I've read Matterhorn (yes-wow) and I have Things on my tbr stack. 2y
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Saknicole Omg I heard that it was coming. I need that I'm my life ASAP!! I can't believe I forgot! How have you been watching? 2y
Kimberlone @Texreader I read something of Burns saying he wanted to avoid interviewing people who have some sort of reputation or legacy to protect (explaining why they show clips of McCain, Kerry, and Fonda, but don't interview them). Tim O'Brien may be famous as an author but nowhere to the level that a John McCain is to the public. Interested to see how the series deals with those figures, though. 2y
Kimberlone @bookishkris I wasn't familiar with those reporters before but definitely impressed with their addition to the story of the war so far 2y
Kimberlone @Saknicole all the episodes are available on pbs.org 2y
Saknicole 🙌🙌🙌🙌 2y
JaclynW Thanks for posting this! I know pretty much nothing about this war, it wasn't something we ever got to in school. I haven't watched the Ken Burns documentary yet either. I've been wanting to learn more, now I have a good place to start. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk O'Brien was the Convocation speaker my sophomore year in college. I read a bunch of his books in high school so I was super excited and skipped classes to go to all his speaking events. 2y
Saknicole Watched the first episode today! It as a grading watch... Needless to say I got little grading done 2y
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RanaElizabeth
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Watching the start of the new Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War and I am reminded of one of the best books I've ever read. And the ebook version is on super sale, for only $1.99. If you are fascinated by this part of our history, I highly recommend it.

RanaElizabeth Other amazing books: 2y
RanaElizabeth And of course: 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the heads up! 2y
Jinjer Just watched the first episode. Nice historical background piece on how it all got started. I will definitely check out these books! 2y
DGRachel This was such a good book. Gut-wrenching, powerful, disturbing, but so good. 2y
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dragondrool
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Going to finish this one up tonight. I almost did last night (or rather very early this morning) when my wonky neck-shoulder-migraine combo threw me an impromptu insomnia party, but I was too restless. This book is amazingly good. Not at all my usual fare, but I can't quit reading it.

Laalaleighh Do you know what your wonky neck shoulder migraine combo is caused by? 2y
dragondrool Yep. It's just fallout from an old whiplash injury. 2y
Bookworm83 I remember you having this book with you when you came out for Duran Duran!! 2y
dragondrool @Bookworm83 Yep. I read it in three spurts over two years. I'm surprised I didn't finish it in that one initial spurt. It was fabulous. 2y
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Bookzombie
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DGRachel So good. 2y
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AccioAlltheBooks
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Besides the novel's stark and realistic prose, its publishing journey is amazing. It took Marlantes, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, 30 years to write and publish this epic. Highly autobiographical, Marlantes himself has suffered from severe PTSD since returning home. Our veterans' sacrifices must not remain invisible to us. This book will rightly haunt all that read it. #aprilbookshowers #thoughtprovoking

the_hibernator Is the language and content of this book too advanced for a 13yo? My guess is yes, but I'm struggling to find a book for my nephew. He loves the marines. There are few books available for teenagers on the subject, and as far as I can tell, most glorify war. I'd rather he appreciated the horror of war like a good little budding liberal should. Though maybe that makes me a party pooper. 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @the_hibernator I would say yes. A lot of f words and pretty gory. You're not a party pooper at all. You can view an excerpt on Amazon using the "Look Inside" feature, if you're curious. 2y
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Texreader
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This book about the Vietnam War is #setinsoutheastasia. Very good intense book that I think gives you the best idea of what our soldiers went through over there. #aprilbookshowers. @RealLifeReading

8leagueboot I remember my dad reading this years ago. He has a pretty extensive home library on the Vietnam War. 3y
drokka This book keeps popping up everywhere. I should get a copy even though I have no real interest in the subject. I have only heard good things. 3y
Texreader @drokka Not my topic either. I was drawn to it by the name. Because. Well. I've been to the Matterhorn mountain! But I read the back and said what the heck. It was excellent. 3y
Texreader @8leagueboot nice to grow up in an extensive home library no matter the topic! 3y
Suet624 This book was not one I would have picked up on my own but Powell's sent it to me as part of a subscription plan. What a book! I'll always remember it. 2y
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Jas16
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This is a quick stack of #booksaboutwar. I could have kept going because I have more on my shelves than I thought.#marchmadness #bookaboutwar

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Bookzombie
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#FunFridayPhoto I don't know about always but this book has been on my TBR for a while. I bought this copy sometime last year from my library's book cellar. I'm hoping to get to it this year for one of my challenges.

LeahBergen Nothing beats a cat in specs pic. 😂 3y
Betty Love these reading glasses! 3y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 3y
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Bookzombie @LeahBergen @Betty @DebinHawaii Thank you! The glasses made me happy. 🙂 3y
Texreader It's a long read and all war but I did enjoy it. Cute kitty!!! 3y
Bookzombie @Texreader Glad you enjoyed it and I hope I do too. Thanks! 3y
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mrsthilkey
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I've read lots of fiction and nonfiction about WWII, some about the war in Iraq, and I want to read more about the Vietnam War. I read The Things They Carried by O'Brien so long ago that I don't remember it. I've heard nothing but praise for Matterhorn.
#atopicyoudliketoknowmoreabout #readjanuary

Texreader I liked it. Tough to read but that's the way it goes with war novels. 3y
mrsthilkey @BarbaraTheBibliophage The Sympathizer is on my tbr list! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage It's not an easy read - but like you said, war topics never are. 3y
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jdtchicago

Victory in combat is like sex with a prostitute. For a moment you forget everything in the sudden physical rush, but then you have to pay your money to the woman showing you the door. You see the dirt on the walls and your sorry image in the mirror.

Suet624 That was quite the book. 3y
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'Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War' (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) A novel about USMC Bravo Company during 9 months of the Vietnam War in '69. There's a Chain of Command list at the beginning that you should take the time to absorb before Marlantes effectively lands you in the bush! Pinchot channels the characters so perfectly that he himself disappears (BTW Don't expect "Balki" to appear!) #audiobookpantheon #recommendsday

ValerieAndBooks Bronson Pinchot has to live down Balki for the rest of his life, doesn't he?! 3y
Dogearedcopy @ValerieAndBooks I know! And it was *decades ago*! 3y
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Bookzombie
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#setinAsia I have a number of books on my TBR set in Asia (growing with every post today ☺️), but this is the only one I physically own. This was a recommendation on All The Books back in November as a back-list bump. I hope to tackle it soon.

#somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

shawnmooney I remember Liberty's backlist bump recommend of this one so well I can remember exactly where I was on the walk home and which side of the street I was on when I heard it, which is weird. Lol. 3y
Bookzombie @shawnmooney Your memory is much better than mine! 3y
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LisaJo
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#somethingforsept #booksetinasia I have not read this one yet. Picked it up on a road-trip at McKay's in Nashville.

DGRachel It was incredible. I never want to read it again, but I made everyone I know read it. Powerful, gut-wrenching, disturbing, and worth every minute spent reading it. 3y
LisaJo Thanks @DGRachel - moving it up the TBR LIST. 3y
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LisaJo

#somethingforsept #booksetinasia I have not read this one yet. Picked it up on a road-trip at McKay's in Nashville.

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"These are the men that are fighting….not some politician behind a desk…or a faceless entity. These men are brothers, sons, husbands, fathers and friends. They are not just numbers at the bottom of a count sheet…no matter how much the public and the politicians try to make it so…" Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/vquWKF

MrBook Nice! (I absolutely *love* your Muses concept by the way. I see you going places with this! 😎👍🏻🙌🏻👌🏻) 3y
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Pickpick

I didn't think I'd find a novel about war so intriguing but this one did it. A difficult story masterfully told.

Sydsavvy Ooh I loved this one! 3y
BB1958 Masterfully told indeed. The author was a Marine officer and a Rhodes scholar- both evident from this excellent novel. The horrors of war are writ large here. 3y
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Jessicav
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This is more of a TBR sampler than a proper #tbrtuesday but that's okay. I will read them eventually!

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Joanne-Canada
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Starting this beast today. Hope it lives up to the hype.

brendanmleonard I had to bail on this one. But then again, that was years ago. Always thought I owed it another shot. 3y
Sydsavvy I absolutely loved it, then gave it to my husband and he devoured it, too! 3y
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becausekafka
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When you don't have a yoga block, but happen to have a Matterhorn hardcover....

ramyasbookshelf Perfect! 3y
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becausekafka
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A Little Life remains the only book that has ever made me cry. So when I heard @rebeccaschinsky say it was the first book to make her cry since Matterhorn, I decided to challenge my frigid robot heart. Bring on the tears!

MyBookLife I like books that brings out feelings, but I don't like to read tearjerkers. But this I want to read!! 3y
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LisaMakeWords
Pickpick

This book was an amazing experience from start to finish, just leaves you with such a range of emotions. I know I'll think about this story for a long time.

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LisaMakeWords

I usually do an hour of audiobook while getting dressed. Today's session left me wanting to cry. This book is very immersive, and the audiobook really sweeps you away into the misery and action.

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This is my current Audible read, and I'm six chapters in and it's amazing so far. I also reaaaaally want to google the phrase 'jungle rot' but I'm too scared. The description alone of rotting pus-filled sores makes me 😝😝😝 but still.

sophiebillekens It is one of my all-time favorite books. I think it should be required reading for all leaders who are thinking about going to war 😄 3y
LisaMakeWords @sophiebillekens This has been one of my favorite reads so far this year. I don't read many books on war so it's been surprising to me how much I have been into this book. It's amazing, and I want everyone to read it too. 3y
Sydsavvy I agree. I was just talking to a local boy who was home for a very short time from West Point. I asked him if they studied military history and he said most of their history classes focused on military but the one military history class they take only covers through WWII. How???? 3y
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