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  • It's an interesting story and has a surrealistic quality about it that at times makes the reader feel as if he were experiencing the disorientation many of those who served in Vietnam experienced

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      “Going After Cacciato” is a novel about a squad of infantrymen in the Vietnam War. It’s an interesting story and has a surrealistic quality about it that at times makes the reader feel as if he were experiencing the disorientation many of those who served in Vietnam experienced.

      There are three premises in the novel the first of these is the story is about one of the members of the squad, Cacciato decides he is going to


      leave the war and walk to Paris.

      His squad is detailed to follow him and bring him, It is told through the point of view of Paul Berlin, a member of the squad.

      Berlin describes the journey of the squad walking to Paris from Vietnam.

      In route they meet many people from the various countries they pass through including a young girl from Thailand who falls in love with Berlin and joins the journey.

      The second thread ...


      • is the memories of Paul Berlin as recalls those things that had happened to the squad prior to Cacciato’s departure.

        He vividly describes the injuries and deaths that occurred to members of the squad as they go out on patrol.

        Last the O’Brien writes of Berlin as the stands guard duty on the “Tower.

        ” Although Berlin was scheduled for the first watch, he decides no to wake up his relief and ends up staying up all night

        and thinking.

        These threads are intricately interwoven and full of detail that makes the read feel each is true.

        However, but the books end, O’Brien has thrown a surprise at the reader that calls on the reader to question which of the things described in the book, if any.

        This is an excellent book about an unpopular war.

        It is well worth reading, particularly if you or someone you know was stationed there .

        I recommend this book highly.




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    Lyndsey says :

    What is Sarkin`s trait and what does she reveal about Paul Berlin

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