- File Size: 447 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Publication Date: July 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005C71UXW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Another Place Another Time Kindle Edition
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It is not.
It is about people and places and things much broader, though much of it does take place in Vietnam.
This book is sort of a mix of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Art of Racing in the Rain. I absolutely loved it.
As I said, I thought the book was going to be about tracker dogs used in Vietnam, which I thought was very cool and original, as in all the Vietnam movies I've seen and books I've read, dogs were not a central element.
Suffice it to say that the story expands exponentially from that initial plotline. To say more would require spoilers. But the beginning of the book was so well written and the subject matter so moving that I found myself becoming choked up several times. Any animal lover will likely find a similar experience. The story takes several fascinating and unexpected twists, all of which I absolutely loved. At first, my reaction was, "What?!" But as I read on, I found myself being drawn deeper and deeper into the story, falling ever deeper for all of the characters, all of whom are charming, upstanding people.
As other reviewers stated, this book is appropriate for all age groups.
More importantly, the story is appropriate for all readers and has a lot to say. I truly hope it is adapted to film.
The military strategy may be flawed, but heroes are born in combat. So Vietnam produced countless heroes whether they came home dead or alive, with or without medals. And the existential terror that war awakened in the young men who went there forged a bond between them that carries on through the decades just as strong as the year or two that they spent together. This special bond that war heroes feel toward each other lies at the core of Bert Carson's books.
In Another Place Another Time a boy is inducted into the army in 1967 and trained to become a Scout Dog Handler, responsible in Vietnam for helping prevent ambushes and traps. Jake and his German Shepherd Whispers do two tours there and become inseparable, and it seems that the reason they are able to sniff out so many ambushes is that they can talk to each other. Between man and dog there is real communication.
The title gives away the real stretch that the book makes, suggesting that the experience of war transcends time. That experience is so powerful and leaves such deep scars, men will travel back and forth in time to relive it, to renew those deep bonds but also to purge the horror from their psyche, to search for the healing path that eludes them.
This is a different kind of war story, uplifting and wise, eloquent and yet with a tendency toward the paranormal. The writing is beautiful, as are the bonds between men, and between man and dog. Highly recommended.
I'm a huge fan of dogs and particularly shepherds/shepherd mixes so that may also play a role in how much I loved this book. It's written nicely, easy to read and never felt like the author was long-winded or reaching, just telling a good story that ended up with some pleasant surprises.
I don't want to give any spoilers as to some of the subject matter, but time and space travel do interest me, which gets touched on in unique ways. There's a lot to think about in this book, ideas that will surely stay with me.