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Best We Forget: A novel of chaos, conspiracy and black Aussie humor in the…

by Bernard Clancy

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"Best We Forget" tells the story about a group of Australian soldiers serving their one-year tour of duty during the Vietnam War. This book is not a book about battles or following soldiers through the jungles, instead, it follows Brian "Donkey" Simpson and his mates - Saigon Warriors - working in PR, journalism and Intelligence. Their antics take readers through the streets of Saigon, Cholon and Vung Tau - places where the war is distant and many people sneak through the streets after curfew. In places, the story is hilarious - kind of a mix between "Good Morning Vietnam" and "M.A.S.H." It is uncanny how easily these soldiers create mischief - selling parts of their Australian uniforms as souvenirs to the American soldiers, knowing many of the local bar whores by name, trading four cases of Aussie beer for an American Jeep and selling Kangaroo feathers for $50/ea. to the gullible Americans and tons of other cons.

There are spies among them and Donkey is used as a pawn by the generals to locate and trap the informant. Most of the soldiers find themselves in "love" with the local girls - causing mental anguish because they all have girl friends at home waiting for them. Espionage and politics play a large part in the story, sometimes, pitting soldiers against one-another.

An Australian author penned this story and many of the euphemisms and comments were foreign to me, but makes for some interesting reading and guessing as to what it means - I've discovered that "fair dinkum" can mean several different things, but I've attributed the phrase to "no s***" and "bloody" as bad as an American 4-letter word. The book was actually fun to read!

There are some serious and tense moments throughout the tome and it was interesting to see how they were played out. I recommend "Best We Forget" to anyone interested in reading a "bloody good book" about the Australian's in the Vietnam War. Bernard Clancy - to a fine Bloke - Bravo! Thank you for your service and "Welcome Home my brother from down under"!

John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel ( )
  JPodlaski | May 19, 2015 |
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