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by Robert Campbell



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Publish America
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Alangalang 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Review of ALANGALANG We begin with the story of a young soldier, Clayton Pratt, on leave in the Philippine Islands from Vietnam. He is a military prisoner and he has brutal memories of a war he feels has devoured him. Clayton looks for his strength and worth his shape, as he calls it, and realizes he has not been seasoned in a way that would have him ¿stand up to the heat of the kiln.¿ Beyond the story of a young soldier reacting to battle fatigue and self doubt, this novel carries us down cultural avenues that are totally unexpected, from ancient Japanese customs to Filipino rituals that both enrage and excite the reader. We are introduced to the recollections of 4 Japanese World War II survivors, each with very different reactions to that war. We then are introduced to several Filipinos who are collateral damage from the war and we hear of their anger and frustration toward the Japanese and the Americans. We hear stories of Americans changed by the war. All of these people somehow demonstrate ¿the right stuff¿ to Clayton and he realizes that his choices and behaviors amount to little more than grandiosity and self centeredness. Clayton sets out to redeem himself with the help of a war wounded Vietnam vet, a woman whose name means Faith and Hope a priest and a trip to Via Crucis, or ¿The Way of the Cross.¿ His journey into rape and slavery and prostitution begins to give him the seasoning necessary to stand up to the ¿heat of the kiln.¿ Clayton understands that what happens in a moment can change a lifetime.