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Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone

Dog Soldiers (1974)

by Robert Stone

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I read the first 100 pages--and the first 30 twice, since the first time through I wasn't giving them my all and wanted to give this book about which I'd heard so much the benefit of the doubt. I just found myself looking at the ceiling and asking, "Who cares?" The abandon-moment for me was the scene with Marge taking Dilaudid and calling her father. I just couldn't believe it. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Descriptive writing and curious plot--I enjoyed this novel while it was in hand, but it hasn't stayed with me. ( )
  ProfH | Jan 15, 2017 |
I recall there was only about one paragraph actually worth reading in the whole novel ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
A dream turns into a nightmare. Some whacked out characters get caught up in stuff way over their heads and then wonder how things could have gone so wrong. Reads like a David Lynch film. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
It was good to return to this after beginning it when it first came out in 1974 and I was in ninth grade. Ok, so it took me 35 years, and it was still a little hard to get into, but I ended up liking it quite a bit. Stone is a little heavy-handed, and the story's a bit dated, but it was a good, gritty story of the darkness on the edges of the presumably civilized world. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
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A great American masterpiece.
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Like Michael Herr's Dispatches, Robert Stone's National Book Award-winning novel Dog Soldiers trades on a hallucinatory vision of Vietnam as a place in which all honor and morality are ceded to the mere business of survival -- and, better, survival with personal profit. "This is the place where everybody finds out who they are," says the novel's protagonist, the journalist Converse, to which his friend and partner in crime Ray Hicks replies, "What a bummer for the gooks." Converse convinces Hicks to smuggle a shipment of heroin back to the United States, renegade CIA agents pop up, and all hell breaks loose in this beautifully written, dark study of the soul in anguish.

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Three people caught in the world of drug dealing attempt to realize their idle dreams

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