In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War

In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War

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by Tobias Wolff
     
 

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Whether he is evoking the blind carnage of the Tet offensive, the theatrics of his fellow Americans, or the unraveling of his own illusions, Wolff brings to this work the same uncanny eye for detail, pitiless candor and mordant wit that made This Boy's Life a modern classic.

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Whether he is evoking the blind carnage of the Tet offensive, the theatrics of his fellow Americans, or the unraveling of his own illusions, Wolff brings to this work the same uncanny eye for detail, pitiless candor and mordant wit that made This Boy's Life a modern classic.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wolff's memoir of his disillusioning experience as a soldier in Vietnam was a finalist for the NBA. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Novelist and short story writer Wolff, who recounted his early years in This Boy's Life (LJ 1/89), served as a junior officer adviser to a South Vietnamese army unit in the Mekong Delta for his tour in Vietnam. Wolff, a reluctant warrior at best, now offers an idiosyncratic, witty, and thoroughly enjoyable glimpse into his military service and his civilian life immediately before and after Vietnam. This extended essay is not so much a combat narrative as the story of a young man's struggle to reach maturity and coming to terms with his family, his loves, his America, and himself. Wolff's characters (most especially his father and the long-suffering Sergeant Benet) and the American and Vietnamese settings are vividly depicted in a style only a skilled craftsman could devise. An excellent addition to American literature and Vietnam collections for academic and public libraries.-John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679760238
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
1st Vintage Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
357,528
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a school project and absolutley adored it! It was filled with a dry humor that I could really relate and just an incredible read. I could not put it down. Well worth reading.
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john pattwell More than 1 year ago
This book is a great sequel to Tobias Wolffs This boys life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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