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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Deanna Lynn Sletten
- Audible.com Release Date: February 22, 2018
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079Y72VRK
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Joe is a Vietnam vet that takes a chance on happiness, thinking he has nothing left to lose. Charlotte is the small town girl who wrote to him when he was on the battlefield. Their story will have you laughing, crying, and sometimes, on the edge of your seat. It's an enjoyable read that's a mix of family life, history, and romance. Highly recommend.
As the granddaughter of a career Army officer and the daughter of an activist, as well as someone who is an activist herself, I was steeped in the concept of "love the soldier, not the war," from an early age, and I completely related to the issues in this novel.
And yet, what Sletten has written in Night Music is not a war story, nor is it a political treatise. Rather, it's a lovely novel about love - the love of home, the love of family, and the love we feel for friends and romantic partners.
As well, it's a coming of age novel. The three central characters, Charlotte, Joe, and Deke are all college students. Charlotte is young, and somewhat naive, and her journey is one toward confidence and a stronger sense of self, but Joe and Deke are also coming of age. The former, in processing his experiences as a young solider returned home injured from Vietnam, and Deke, a an anti-war activist.
As ususal, Sletten has given us characters who feel three-dimensional, a setting that is almost its own character, and a story that entertains while also challenging us to think.
Goes well with a burger, a beer, and a stimulating conversation. Or maybe a Hemingway novel.
Night Music takes us to a tough time in our past, the Vietnam War period. Emotions were high and there were very strong opinions and feelings on both sides of the issue. It was a very tumultuous time in our history, a very troubled time for young men and women. This story took me back to that time and the craziness of that war. I lived through it and she gets it. She does a wonderful job of capturing both the turmoil and the love of that time.
Charlotte's older brother is killed in Vietnam and she finds herself between two men who have very opposite feelings about the war. There's Deke, her boyfriend, who is leading campus protests against the war and Joe, a Vietnam vet, who comes back having to deal with the aftermath of that controversial war.
I loved watching Charlotte mature and form her own opinions and beliefs as she learns what matters most to her. She works very hard to see both sides, in order to understand where the two men are coming from. She finally listens to what is in her own heart and sticks up for her beliefs.
One of the things that will stay with me and that I just love from this book is the term 'night music', the wonderful melody of the sounds of the night – crickets, frogs, etc.
"In Nam, as long as we could hear the sounds of the night, we knew we were safe. It's a comforting sound."
I love to relax on the patio in the evening and listen to the sounds. I never thought of it as 'night music' but that's exactly what it is. I'll always think of that now and will be drawn back to this wonderful story.
Charlotte lives in a small town in Illinois. Her brother was killed in Vietnam two years earlier and she isn't sure at this point how she feels about the war. As she starts college (still in her small town), the feelings against the war are growing on campus - mostly led by her boyfriend Deke. When she first sees Joe in her English class, she realizes that he is former military. He walks using a cane and wears fatigue jackets. After the tumult of his days in Vietnam, Joe just wants to find a perfect little town and start his life over again and hopefully find peace. As Charlotte and Joe get to know each other better, their romance is in direct contrast to the anit war movement going on in the town. Joe is looking for peace and Deke is trying to start conflict. Will Joe and Char be able to find love during this time of chaos?
As someone who grew up in the same period as the people in this novel, I want to commend the author on the fantastic job she did of depicting what it was like in American during this time. The love story between Char and Joe is perfectly played out during this time period.
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