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Dispatches

af Michael Herr

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"The best book to have been written about the Vietnam War" (The New York Times Book Review); an instant classic straight from the front lines. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr's unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.… (mere)
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    I Faraos hær af Tobias Wolff (kraaivrouw)
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    Chickenhawk af Robert Mason (Peter4444, chrisharpe)
    Peter4444: The autobigraphical recount of a young man who flew UH-1 Iiroquois helicopters in Viet Nam. He flew personnel rather than gun ships, but his take on what Viet Nam came to mean for him and how he ended up back in civilian life are a must-read, as well as the sequel "Chickenhawk: Back In The World"… (mere)
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    In the Lake of the Woods af Tim O'Brien (hazzabamboo)
    hazzabamboo: Dispatches was the central source for the film Apocalypse Now. It's non-fiction, but it conveys the hallucinatory horror of the Vietnam War in the same way as O'Brien's novel.
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    Territorio comanche af Arturo Pérez-Reverte (chrisharpe)
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    The Face of War af Martha Gellhorn (gust)
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    Naples '44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth af Norman Lewis (gust)
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    Teaching Hearts and Minds: Colege Students Reflect on the Vietnam War af Barry M. Kroll (villemezbrown)
    villemezbrown: One of the books discussed in the text.
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    Supernotes: het waargebeurde verhaal van de CIA-spion die ineens op de dodenlijst stond af Agent Kasper, (Luchtpint)
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The chaos of that war in unflinching prose. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Sorry, just couldn't get past page 50. The author's style is simply not for me. I found it all over the place. No specific narrative, non sequitur paragraphs and sentences that were simply too disjointed to read. I have no idea why this book is considered so groundbreaking and amazing? Maybe it was when it first came out, but this style of writing is just not for me. I am also reading The Things They Carried, also about Vietnam. This is an incredible book, and far superior to Dispatches. If you have one book to read about Vietnam, pass on Dispatches and read this one. ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
Great
  Dermot_Butler | Nov 8, 2023 |
Holy shit. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Reason read: it's on my randomization list and it was available on Libby
This is not really a novel but journalism, nonfiction and takes place during the Vietnam War. Michael Herr was an American writer and war correspondent for Esquire. I grew up listening to these stories and seeing the pictures on the TV. Herr explores not only the war, the soldiers, and the people but also the war corespondents that went to Vietnam and reported on the war. He discussed how loyalties of the correspondents to agencies in the US kept them from reporting the realities of the war. This is about Herr's experience in the war so it is a memoir. Not sure how it contributes to the development of the novel except that it reports on the realities of the Vietnam war. It's a quick read but hard to describe as enjoyable with the death, language, attitudes, and behaviors. It's about the men who fought and reported on the war.

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 9 – Dispatches by Michael Herr (1977) | Autobiography and memoir | The Guardian.

Considered a nonfiction novel ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 11, 2023 |
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There was a map of Vietnam on the wall of my apartment in Saigon and some nights, coming back late to the city, I'd lie out on my bed and look at it, too tired to do anything more than just get my boots off.
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Bob Stokes of Newsweek told me this: In the big Marine hospital in Danang they have what is called the "White Lie Ward," where they bring some of the worst cases, the ones who can be saved but will never be the same again. A young Marine was carried in, still unconscious and full of morphine, and his legs were gone. As he was being carried into the ward, he came out of it briefly and saw a Catholic chaplain standing over him.

"Father," he said, "am I all right?"

The chaplain didn't know what to say. "You'll have to talk about that with the doctors, son."

"Father, are my legs okay?"

"Yes," the chaplain said, "Sure."

By the next afternoon the shock had worn off and the boy knew all about it. He was lying on his cot when the chaplain came by.

"Father," the Marine said, "I'd like to ask you for something."

"What, son?"

"I'd like to have that cross." And he pointed to the tiny silver insignia on the chaplain's lapel.

"Of course," the chaplain said. "But why?"

"Well, it was the first thing I saw when I came to yesterday, and I'd like to have it."

The chaplain removed the cross and handed it to him. The Marine held it tightly in his fist and looked at the chaplain.

"You lied to me, Father," he said. "You cocksucker. You lied to me."
...what a story he told me, as one-pointed as resonant as any war story I ever heard; It took me a year to understand it:

"Patrol went up the mountain. One man came back. He died before he could tell us what happened."

I waited for the rest, but it seemed not to be that kind of story; when I asked him what happened he just looked like he felt sorry for me, fucked if he'd waste time telling stories to anyone as dumb as I was.
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"The best book to have been written about the Vietnam War" (The New York Times Book Review); an instant classic straight from the front lines. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr's unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

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