Paco's Story

Paco's Story

by Larry Heinemann
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Paco's Story by Larry Heinemann

Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Viet Cong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues Paco almost two days later, he is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the US with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off the bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed–but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body. Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco’s Story–winner of a National Book Award–plunges you into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War, and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307539625
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2010
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 499,850
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Larry Heinemann was born and raised in Chicago.  He served a tour of duty with the 25th Division in Vietnam.  In the past he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the William Fulbright Scholarship Program.  He is the author of three novels: Close Quarters, Paco’s Story, and Cooler by the Lake, as well as a memoir, Black Virgin Mountain. His writing has received several honors, including the National Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Award.  He currently lives in Chicago with his wife. 

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Paco's Story: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A camp. Rp. What
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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puzzleman More than 1 year ago
I read 'Going after Cacciato' a short time ago. Both books are about Viet Nam, and both books are good. This is better. Reading about the survival of Paco from near death is hard to believe, but I guess it happens. How he lives on with the repurcussions is also a part of the story. He meets some interesting home boys, a couple of hard-nosed veterans, and a flirtatious young thing. How he's treated by others is a lesson. The next time you look at someone who is ragged, disheveled, and looking like a loser, remember they may have a Paco's story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know! Ive been trying ti stop hurting myself. I cant though. I love the feeling of pain i give to myself. It makes me feel alive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heck is this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He stumbles in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Help! There is a fake Loppy! :,(