Matterhorn

Matterhorn

A Novel of the Vietnam War

Book - 2010
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Intense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead and James Jones's The Thin Red Line . It is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.Written by a highly decorated Marine veteran over the course of thirty years, Matterhorn is a spellbinding and unforgettable novel that brings to life an entire world-both its horrors and its thrills-and seems destined to become a classic of combat literature.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : El León Literary Arts ; New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780802119285
080211928X
Branch Call Number: FIC Marla
Characteristics: 598 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

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HollyDavis022
Jun 09, 2016

Excellent look into the world of men and military politics. A great read

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Sublurbanite
Feb 03, 2015

I'm not much of a military history reader, neither fiction nor non-fiction. However, I was gripped by this book. The author takes you right there, to the jungle of Vietnam, and gives you the perspective of troops on the ground. He explores both politics and race as it pertained to the war and the times, really gives you a sense of the humanity of the troops. This is a long book, but it certainly didn't feel like it.

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becker
Nov 05, 2014

This book puts you right into the jungle during the Vietnam War, where you experience the horrific conditions and emotions of a company of Marines as they survive from one day to the next. The characters are surprising and interesting and the plot is compelling. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in war fiction but can also be enjoyed as a human interest story. There is a fair bit of military jargon in the book but it doesn't take long to get used to it and there is a glossary provided for words you want to look up. I hardly needed the glossary after the first couple of chapters. This book was written by a highly decorated marine and I frequently wished I could talk to him throughout my reading of the book to find out where the line between fact and fiction was drawn.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 18, 2014

Like the war itself, this Vietnam novel can be a little bit of slog, coming in at over 500 pages. Written over several decades by a Vietnam vet, "Matterhorn" is reminiscent of Jones's "The Thin Red Lines," as almost all of its action takes place on the battlefield or while waiting for a battle. You might also want to check out Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke," a slightly more hallucinatory take on Vietnam.

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rp3276
May 04, 2014

The best book I have ever read on this subject.

I am a Vietnam Era Veteran....

KCLSLibsRecommend Apr 07, 2014

This is one of those novels that takes off immediately and never lets you go, even after you have finished reading it, even when you want to stop thinking about it, this one holds on. It’s 1969 and it’s the Marine Corp’s Bravo Company that the story follows. Well written, heart breaking, and still relevant today this one is not to be missed.

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wesclark
Aug 03, 2013

Probably the best novel of the Vietnam war I've read since " The 13th Valley" by John M. Delvecchio.

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ohiostatefan
Jul 14, 2013

I felt like I was serving with Bravo Company! An insider's story of the grim conditions suffered by those who served in Vietnam.

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ElaineB8386
Oct 23, 2012

Blew me away! I was in college during this era, and the few guys I met who had been to Nam never talked about it. I had no idea what it was really like. I felt like this book let me in on what it was like for all of those guys who dealt with the most horrifying situations in the best way they could, then had to go home and pretend everything was fine. We were in the military toward the end of the era, and many of the terms took me back to the time I spent on an army post. There's a glossary for those not so familiar with the jargon.

jlazcan Nov 10, 2011

This is a fantastic book. If you enjoy books on combat then you will enjoy this novel. The story is thrilling and seems, to a coward like me, to be authentic. You begin to understand the strategy involved in fighting within the mountainous jungles of Vietnam. The methods used had limitations and there were constant tradeoffs between lives lost and battles won. The writer drags on the race card a bit, but who am I to say that relationships weren’t this way during the period as I was in diapers. Matterhorn is well written and a great read.

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May 12, 2010

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Aug 03, 2012

"Military intelligence is a contradiction of terms"

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