"A devastating portrait of war in all its horror, brutality, and mindlessness, this extraordinary novel is written in beautifully cadenced prose. A combat medic in Vietnam faces the chaos of war, set against the tranquil scenes of family life back home in small-town America. This young man's rite of passage is traced through jungle combat to malaria-induced fever visions to the purgatory of life in military-occupied Saigon. After returning home from war to stay with his grandfather, he confronts his own shattered personal history and the mysterious human capacity for renewal"--Publisher's description.… (more)
A few years ago I visited Cannon Air Force Base. (Introduction)
At night in the war I listened to monekey all around me.
The rest of us continue to walk, although we have become confused about why, or where it is we must go, or do when we arrive, and we fear our destination more than any beast we might imagine, and it is the eighth of June, and the ninth, and the tenth, and we are walking, afraid to continue and afraid to stop.