Going after Cacciato

Going after Cacciato

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Going after Cacciato by Tim O'Brien, Kevin T. Collins

"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales."

So wrote the New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.

In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455851645
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

TIM O’BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the Pulitzer finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, The Things They Carried; the acclaimed novels Tomcat in Love and Northern Lights; and the national bestselling memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone. His novel In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. In 2010 he received the Katherine Anne Porter Award for a distinguished lifetime body of work and in 2012 he received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2013.

Date of Birth:

October 1, 1946

Place of Birth:

Austin, Minnesota

Education:

B.A., Macalester College, 1968; Graduate study at Harvard University

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Going After Cacciato (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*SPOILER ALERT* Overall I enjoyed reading Going After Cacciato and I feel anyone who is interested about war or the effects of war should read it. O'Brien intended his audience to be people interested about war or even just a more adult audience. This is because the book jumps around to almost three whole different stories which can get a little confusing at times. Also there is some suggestive language in it so it would not be recommended for younger children. As I said previously the book jumps around quite a bit to three different parts. It took me a little while to understand this but after reading a couple chapters I understood this and began to like the book even more. I also thought the book had a good ending, even if it was predictable. The final chapter is where Berlin is back to dreaming about going after Cacciato and they get really close to catching him but in the end he gets away and Berlin and his squad give up the chase. They feel there could be worse things that could have happened and think that even if it is a slim one, that he has a chance to survive on the run the rest of his life. After reading the whole book I feel that O'Brien picked a good title for the book. It is a simple one but it makes sense to what a lot of the book is about, which is going after Cacciato who is going AWOL from his unit (ultimately this is a dream). I found the whole book interesting but I found it most interesting after researching the book a little that the book was factual in that many soldiers who returned from Vietnam had strange dreams similar to Paul Berlin. The war was very traumatizing for many soldiers and some couldn't get the vision of war out of their head even when they were sleeping. Going After Cacciato does a great job of showing this and I would recommend reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this novel! He jumps around a bit but that's how what Tim O'Brien writes. Very descriptive and connects to the reader with his wonderful side notes. This book is packed with adventure, love, the feeling of helplessness and concern for the characters and keeps you wondering whats going to happen around the next corner. I have to admit I had to re-read a page or two, but it held my attention and made me eager to continue reading. I once "hated" reading and thought of it was such a boring task. After reading this book it compelled me to read more of Tim O'Brien work; so I definitely recommend this lovely piece of work to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going After Cacciato is a novel that takes place during the Vietnam War. Although it is a ¿war story¿ there is very little to connect it back to a traditional ¿war story.¿ If you are looking for a novel bursting with with guns, bloody battles, and death you should look else where. That is not to say there are not war scenes in the novel; they just are not heavily present. Tim O¿Brien puts his traditional twist on the novel. While Paul Berlin, the main character, and the other members of his platoon travel to Paris in search of Cacciato, a solider that ran away, they face multiple events that get the reader to ponder on what is happening. Tim O¿Brien is continually keeping the reader on their toe¿s by switching the time period and perspective the novel is told from. This novel has it all from love to bloody war battles, so if you want to read a novel that has you pondering until the end, read Going After Cacciato.
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dAvIdTaYlOr More than 1 year ago
i would recommend this book to anyone. Its such a good book, it involves everything you could imagine. I have read 3 of Tim O' Briens books and they are excellent. But this book is by far the best i have ever read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An obvious classic and flawless portrayel of a highly controversial war. This book provides an interesting perspective but can at times seem repetitive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Going After Cacciato is a great book that always keep you wondering whats next. Tim Obrien does a good job of keeping the book intresting by the main character Cacciato always doing somthing you wouldnt expect. Cacciatos squad got a big wake up call when they got the mission of going after him when he goes AWOL to Paris. When i read this book it sent me on an intresting adventure through mountains, rivers and forests with suspense lurking everywhere. Paul Berlin the squad leader going after Cacciato has tough decistions to make such as possible ruining someones love with another person to keep moving on to get Cacciato. Cacciato is on the run but his squad is on his tail throughout this adventure book. Will they get him and bring him home or will Cacciato make it to Paris.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The piece is about a soldier 'Cacciato' who was a deserter during the Viet Nam War. There are engrossing views of the jungle and the writing is given from fear in a bewildering process. The characters displayed enormous amount of courage in a war that changed our history and society forever. I was exasperated by the moral lessons that we have learned in one of our most deadliest of wars. The readings evoked fear and anger with the relationships that were tried beyond limitations in a time of the unknown. I was left with a feeling of pride that when we are shaken, we are willing to embrace our relationships under extreme circumstances and pay the highest price for freedom. Did they find there was more than finding Cacciato, or was the journey eternal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is a fantastic novel to read. I have never heard of Tim O'Brien. Most of my college friends tell me that Tim O'Brien has a lot of wonderful books to choose from. He is truly a Veterna of the Vietnam War. He really told this story in way that you would have to keep u with the contrast yourself. I would reccomend anyone to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my second O'brien read and going in i had high expectations and they were nothing but fulfilled. A story that apears to be another nam tale turns into an amazing adventure spread across the world. A young private flees the war and his platoon is ordered to recover him and along the way they discover themselves and eachother. In the process Cacciato becomes a loveable character and finds a place in your heart as that kid you used to be. So if you love action,heroism and much more read this book. Hoooooooooohaaaaaaaa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. O'Brien scores yet another hit with Going After Cacciato. This time, a platoon of men heads from the battlefields of Vietnam to beautiful Paris to search for Cacciato, a soldier who has gone AWOL. This book is not just the story of a long journey, but it is also a quest of self-discovery for the main characters. O' Brien skillfully weaves emotion, adventure, and stark imagery together in one fabulous novel. This is arguably one of the best war novels ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall the book was great. It did bounce around a little here and there but the story was great and very interesting to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Going After Cacciato was a descriptive novel, yet it lacked certain details. Paul Berlin's dreams and fantasies were capitvating and allowed the reader to see them clearly. The novel, however, lacked order and takes a reader of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Going After Cacciato for my English class which I chose at my own free will because war fascinates me. I was able to derive a new understanding about war, especially the Vietnam war, from this book. It was a little troubling to follow and I had to read carefully and pay attention, but it was a wonderful book nonetheless. The ending threw me off and I was confused, so I found myself searching this book review in order to understand. Wonderful book, I will be reading more from Tim O'Brien.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this novel for my english class, and I expected it to be boring. I was drawn into the book and enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it to anyone.