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.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1st Vintage Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.64(d)|
About the Author
Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
Date of Birth:June 19, 1945
Place of Birth:Birmingham, Alabama
Education:B.A., Oxford University, 1972; M.A., Stanford University, 1975
Table of Contents
A Federal Offense
I Right a Wrong
The Rough Humor of Soldiers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Wolff was one of those green young lieutenants who need sergeants to keep their heads straight. He is sorry. He apologizes. Wolff reminds us that, tested by combat, we might prove to be clumsy, dim-witted wimps instead of hero. He was brave to say so. Lovely writing, too.
The author's account of his tour of duty in Vietnam. Wolff served from 1967 to 1968 as a US Army lieutenant advising an Army of the Republic of Vietnam artillery battalion in the Mekong Delta. Introspective and, at times, amusing. However, relative to the many other firsthand accounts of the Vietnam War, Wolff's story is not that interesting.
The funny and eminently readable memoir shows the best and worst of the US army during the Vietnam War. On the one hand, it lifted a failed youth out of misery and turned him into an officer and Oxford graduate. On the other hand, the US army destroyed countless lives (both foreign and American) and a country.Written in 1994, the descriptions of an inept, culturally ignorant and disconnected military makes for an eery reading given the current Iraq mess.
This book is a great sequel to Tobias Wolffs This boys life.
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