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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400076846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400076840
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An unremittingly honest look into the black pit of war....Larry Heinemann's voice is clear and true." -The New York Time

"The best work of fiction to come out of the Vietnam War." -The Houston Chronicle

"Close Quarters can stand with the finest Vietnam writing, fact or fiction." --Chicago Tribune

“The most ambitious and substantial novel about the war in Vietnam . . . . the first one that people can read 75 years from now and gain an insight into how the war was truly fought . . . following the talk of the soldiers, you feel more like an eavesdropper than a reader.” —Kansas City Star

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I first read this book about 30 years ago and still have my ragged, dog-eared copy.
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The writing style flows very naturally and Heinemann has the ability to create not just a picture but a sensation.
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I recomend this book to ANYBODY that just wants to read a GREAT book, by a GREAT storyteller.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Giltrud on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read Mr. Heinemann's 'Close Quarters' in 1975, while on active duty with the USAF. It grabbed me by the throat with its first paragraph and didn't let go until the last sentence. The language, mood, and sense of no time but the present are dead on. From the hero's entrance as a 'Cherry' or 'FNG' to the time he's 'Short'. The story rolls like a tank and doesn't slow down. The one chapter dedicated to the New Year's Eve attack on Deadeye's firebase is one of the finest, most descriptive and detailed ever put to paper. Keeping up tension with each frightful second. Few writers have this ability. And though I've never experienced one, I experienced viscerally the chaos, tension, and stink of fear that a 'No S**t Firefight' encomapsses. I've many friends who went to South East Asia and can easily understand their reluctance to speak about their time there. I am forever grateful that Mr. Heinemann did. The stink, the heat and humidity, the fear and helplessness are all there. Wrapped in the confines of a fire base or M-113 APC. Martin Scorcese should do this as a film, since the screenplay would be the book and reader would become one of the the team. With Deadeye, Dewey, Whiskey J, Quinn, and the Lt. A voyeur, overhearing flawless, raw, pure from the gut dialog. Few books have such power. John Del Vecchio's '13th Valley', Dale A. Dye's 'Run Between the Raindrops', James Webb's 'Fields of Fire', and Gus Hasford's "Short Timers' are close. This is the real deal! Science fiction writer David Drake could take lessons from Mr. Heinemann, since they shared the same MOS. Infinitely readable. And re-readable. If you know anyone who experienced the war in Vietnam, or any war; buy and read this book! It might give you an idea of where that person is coming from.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By brazos49 VINE VOICE on August 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, this is simply a first class story written by an extremely gifted writer. If you have any interest in reading about Vietnam, about war in general, about men in extraordinary conditions you should enjoy this novel. I was sorry to finish it and look forward to reading more work by the author.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patience H. C. Mason on March 4, 2005
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Larry Heinemann is one of our greatest writers and this book is an intense and painful trip into the hell of war. I could not put it down. Heinemann made me feel fear, anger and desperation at the insanity of war. He uses words like paint, piling detail upon detail until you are inside the story with him feeling rage at the waste of people's lives. Read it and weep. But read it if you love good writing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
From the red dust settling in the opening chapter, to the helpless feeling of rage while cursing a fallen brother, this book brought me back to my Nam experience. I could smell the same thick, musty air that is described , could almost feel it make my lungs ache. The horror of watching a friends life soak into the ground while you couldnt do any thing but lie to him about being alright. I would suggest this book to any saber rattler before the shooting started. Nam wasnt a great adventure, or a noble cause. It was 18 and 20 year old kids crying for thier mammas and pissing thier pants while they looked for thier legs. if you never read another book on Nam, read this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John C Thomas (john.thomas3@which.net) on October 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an Englishman of 53 I did not serve in the US Military but was offered a position it that company when I was given the chance to work in the States back in the 60s. A few weeks after I had been to the US Embassy in London to discuss matters (such as time off US Military service for time already spent in the UK Reserve forces) I met the girl who became my wife and history (mine and Americas') was changed forever. When I went to The Vietnam Memorial in Washington with my wife and eledest girl, I stood there with tears in my eyes, thinking of what might have been. My daughter got hold of a copy of 'Close Quarters' (she is an English Teacher in a Secondary school) and I have just finished reading it...or should I say..experiencing it...and once again I have tears in my eyes. God Bless you Larry..and God Bless all the Quinns who never made it back.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pburke7068@aol.com on March 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book while taking a course on the liturgy of war at U Mass Boston. The course was taught by a Marine Nam vet. I am also a Nam vet (9th Inf. and 11 Cav so when the auther described the rsd dust from the clay it brought me back (actually to somewhere I DID NOT WANT TO BE) This book is the most accurate that I have read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John S. Powell on July 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a review of the CD. Heinemann does a first-rate job of pulling you into the dirt and grime of everyday life on the front lines in Vietnam. Using the soldier's raw lingo, known only to those who were there, he rubs your face in the heat, pain, and futility of Washington's hopeless little war. It doesn't take long before you can smell the cordite, hear the screams and ache for some rest, smokes and booze. As a HouseCat in artillery at Ft. Sill from '63 till '65 I saw first hand the military's transition from a peace-time, good ole boys club, to the rat-hole where draftees were hustled off to the jungle to be forever corrupted emotionally and physically. I always wondered what it was like to be caught up in that kind of nightmare. What it was like to be one of the 10% who did 90% of the dying. Now I know. Vets have always been reluctant to discuss the war with anyone who hasn't seen the elephant. It's just too difficult to try to make the uninitiated understand, so why the f**k try? Heinemann's book makes that leap and bridges the gap. Richard Ferrone does a masterful job of reading the difficult prose. His tired, cynical, knowing voice puts you directly on the front line, right inside the stinking, rattling APC named the Cowcatcher that was Deadeye's home for a year. If you were ever curious about Vietnam, listen to this book.
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