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Snake's Daughter: The Roads In And Out Of War (Singular Lives; The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography) Paperback – May 1, 1997
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A poignant memoir of loss by the daughter of a career soldier who died in Vietnam. Charles ``the Snake'' Hosking ran away from home when he was in high school to join the Canadian army and fight in WW II. He was discovered by his parents and discharged, with the intervention of his congressman, and he joined the Coast Guard until, at 17, he was given permission by his parents and the government to enlist in the US Army as a paratrooper. He went on to fight at the Battle of the Bulge and elsewhere, developing great skill as a warrior and an even greater affection for the army. Hosking married and had four children, Gilberg being the oldest. Until she was in her teens, Gilberg lived the life of an army brat: moving from fort to fort, learning new languages, making new friends, attending 12 schools in as many years. Perhaps as a result of her experience, she became a deeply thoughtful woman, looking inward to explain the many contradictions in her father's life. Why did this man with an extremely high IQ and a startling facility with language never become an officer? How could Hosking reconcile his rigorously disciplined way of life with his uncontrollable and dangerous drinking habit? Why did he reenlist time and again to fight in a war that he knew was unwinnable? And, perhaps hardest for Gilberg to accept, how could he justify all the time he spent away from his family for the army? In fact, in his third tour of duty in Vietnam. Hosking sacrificed his own life to wrestle an enemy soldier with a hand grenade to the ground--his final choice of the army over himself and his family. The simple structure of this annotated photo album belies the depth of the work, shaded and shadowed with layers of meaning and sentiment. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Gail Hosking Gilberg's father was a hero, a valiant soldier decorated posthumously with the Medal of Honor, a man who served his country throughout his entire adult life. But Charles Hosking was a mystery to his daughter. He was killed in Vietnam a week after her seventeenth birthday. She buried the war, the protests, the medal, and her military upbringing along with her father, so much so that she felt cut off from herself. It took more than twenty years for her to recognize the stirrings of a father and a daughter not yet at peace. Gilberg began a journey - two journeys really - to find out who her father was and in the process to find herself. She explored her buried rage, shame, and silence and examined how war had shaped her life. In studying the photo albums that her father had left behind, Gilberg found that the photographs demanded that she give voice to her feelings, then release her silent words, words that had no meaning in the world for her. The result was an epiphany. The photographs became the roads she took in and out of war, and her words brought her father home. Snake's Daughter reveals the crossroads where a soldier father's life and a daughter's life connect.
Top customer reviews
man. I like him. And it's a book that will bring some understanding and peace regarding our involvement in Vietnam which I also found helpful.
This book is not getting the attention it deserves!