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In Tim O'Brien's novel Going After Cacciato the theater of war becomes the theater of the absurd as a private deserts his post in Vietnam, intent on walking 8,000 miles to Paris for the peace talks. The remaining members of his squad are sent after him, but what happens then is anybody's guess: "The facts were simple: They went after Cacciato, they chased him into the mountains, they tried hard. They cornered him on a small grassy hill. They surrounded the hill. They waited through the night. And at dawn they shot the sky full of flares and then they moved in.... That was the end of it. The last known fact. What remained were possibilities."
It is these possibilities that make O'Brien's National Book Award-winning novel so extraordinary. Told from the perspective of squad member Paul Berlin, the search for Cacciato soon enters the realm of the surreal as the men find themselves following an elusive trail of chocolate M&M's through the jungles of Indochina, across India, Iran, Greece, and Yugoslavia to the streets of Paris. The details of this hallucinatory journey alternate with feverish memories of the war--men maimed by landmines, killed in tunnels, engaged in casual acts of brutality that would be unthinkable anywhere else. Reminiscent of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Going After Cacciato dishes up a brilliant mix of ferocious comedy and bleak horror that serves to illuminate both the complex psychology of men in battle and the overarching insanity of war. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's not The Things They Carried, but it's not bad per say. I would've preferred something more straightforward. In The Lake of the Woods is better.Published 3 days ago by John
Tim O'Brien is an incredible writer. Readers of this book must also read THE THINGS THEY CARRIED.Published 22 days ago by Mari Heltne
Disjointed plot, keeps switching between reality and fantasy, I hated it. Couldn't wait to finish because I wanted to read something I enjoy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ron R. Mason
Incredibly confusing at first, but a good read.
May want to pour all your attention on the reading, as you may for a second lose track of what's going on. Read more
Raucous, haunting, powerful, vivid. O'Brien at his best. An adventurous ride!Published 2 months ago by Katey Schultz
I like the suspense of if they would make it to Paris or not,. I did not mind the switching between the three points in time too much. The ending is confusing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrea J. Meurer
Great writing and great book. It arrived as scheduled and in the condition advertised.Published 4 months ago by Ron Heard