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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

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62 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

Douglas Kidd Alpha 1 - 4 1969

A friend from our company passed the book along to me . Day one : I sat down approx, 1:30 pm . When I next looked at the clock it was midnite ! I was in the same battallion ,only a differnt company and the same year as Mr Marlantes. I was a machine gunner. ...
A friend from our company passed the book along to me . Day one : I sat down approx, 1:30 pm . When I next looked at the clock it was midnite ! I was in the same battallion ,only a differnt company and the same year as Mr Marlantes. I was a machine gunner. By the middle of the first chapter I was putting faces from our platoon to the characters he was writing about . I could not put the book down and when I did it was front and foremost on my mind. It took me back there ! Our companies crisscrossed each other so I was in the same terrain , situations etc . The language he wrote it in is exactly the way we talked, the problems were there, the jungle, leeches, monsoons, no resupplies because the helicopters couldn't fly . We went , I believe , for a 5 day stretch with no food or good water due to torrential rains in the mtns and jungles. He also explained about why we had to go that extra mile when the company was moving and everyone was unimaginably worn to the bone . He described how the " upper echelon " worked according to thier desires not knowing the reality of the jungles . He clearly defined the lines between the " lifers " and the grunts out there on the perimeter who were given no knowledge about anything that was going on only what was required for them to do ...or die trying. When I finished the book , I felt as tho I had just gotten back home . My emotions and nerves were very close to the surface , I had buried them deeply many years ago . I'd like to thank Mr Malantes for the most magnificant read I have ever experianced about being " in country " and the Quang Tri Providance .

posted by dkidd on March 24, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Something Missing - An Ending

I read through the professional and reader reviews of this book after I read it myself. I have read many Vietnam fiction and nonfiction books and..
I can agree with the good descriptions of the local area and battle information. What I have a problem with is the endin...
I read through the professional and reader reviews of this book after I read it myself. I have read many Vietnam fiction and nonfiction books and..
I can agree with the good descriptions of the local area and battle information. What I have a problem with is the ending. So what happens at the end? Things just carry on and Mellas grows as a person?

It feels like Marlantes got tired and just stopped. I think there is much more to say but we will never know because it stops short of providing a good conclusion or even preparing the reader for another volume.

posted by readbookssmb on August 24, 2010

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Bad, bad, bad.

    I did not enjoy this book at all. There is no doubt that soldiers and marines swear, but the constant use of fxxx words ruined this story. An occasional swear word is part of life, but this was ridiculous. I managed to read the whole book, fascinated to see if any part of it was without the fxxx word in its various forms. It wasn't. It was a novel, not an actual write-up of true events. I was glad of that. I am surprised that any publisher took on the manuscript.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Gave up

    About 100 pages I simply gave up. Something I rarely do. I guess this is interesting if you care about guns.....

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Boring

    If a book does not grab me by the first hundred pages, I give up. Boring. Do not bother reading.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    boring story

    I was surprised how boring the story was because there was very little action in it. The worst thing about the book was the very dirty language that was used SO often. I'm no saint but come on. The curse words were (used so often) were in almost every sentence of the book. After reading about half the book, I quit reading it and went on to my next book. Do not recommend.

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