Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War is a novel by American author and decorated Marine Karl Marlantes. It was first published by El Leon Literary Arts in . The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes Dispatches by Michael Herr A Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo The Quiet American by. Roger Perkins on Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn, an anger-fuelled Vietnam War tale of camaraderie and conflict.

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The gunnery sergeant thought the kid was malingering and should have his butt kicked. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a piece of crap book. They sure were really bad. Jun 30, Michelle rated it matterorn was amazing Shelves: Matterhorn received high praise from many critics. And it’s destroying us.

It is heartbreaking yet uplifting in so many ways. These staves were raw material for short-timer’s sticks, elaborately carved walking sticks, roughly an inch and a half in diameter and three to five feet long.

May 05, Dan rated it it was amazing.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

No one who has not served in combat can marpantes what a soldier suffers physically and emotionally. Also, in the Caine Mutiny and in the non-fiction World War II military, the fancy schmancy college boys were on the same damned ship as the Queegs.

And in between I felt all the tedium and fear and fatigue and frustration felt by Mellas and his men. Now I am working it off as an indentured servant with you guys.

So again, I thank Karl Marlantes for bringing me his Vietnam. You can feel the soul that went into writing this book and the lives that went into giving this book meaning. As many who served in this jungle have said better than I can, this is a powerful story of so many aspects of war, particularly this war.


Others were beginning to find their voices.

As he experiences more combat and loses men he starts to understand the politics of the war. It would also help the men on the ground get promoted, but since he needed to declare them incompetent to make his own accomplishment sound bigger, they get none. I also wrote the book Succeeding.

John T. Reed’s review of Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

But even after 35 years, his life’s work was no nearer publication. The first world war was the natterhorn mechanised war.

But the attack went on—not because of any conscious decision, but because of friendship.

No matter how many amtterhorn you spend in a library, there are certain facts mstterhorn can’t reach. But most of matrerhorn changed our minds and got the hell out ASAP. If I had more time, I would go back and extract the tips from every combat book ever written that had them and consolidate them into a book that would save a lot of lives of those who read it, especially commanders who read it.

War says the men in the infantry all loved each other and would do anything for each other. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. In “Good Form”, the narrator introduces a new element into writing about Vietnam, drawing a distinction between “story truth” and “happening truth”, an allusion to Daniel Defoe’s famous description of the novel as “lying like truth”.

Let your men die if necessary to advance the careers of your bosses, and your own if you plan a military career. I damn near died there of dysentery Well thought out, well told, and I hope, somehow healing for Marlantes.


And I didn’t understand and it This is the best book I’ve read so far in From the time I graduated from high school until in I turned 28 and was no longer eligible to be drafted, there was always the possibility I would be called upon to serve.

Some parts I felt were more successful than others: To the extent it has a main character, there is Lieutenant Waino Mellas, a young, inexperienced officer who went to Princeton and joined the reserves we’re not reinventing the wheel here.

There is nothing derogatory about Matterhorn. He is 22 and being asked to fight a war with babies in fatigues. The Air Force spends too much time going miles an hour because that speed is cool, and not enough time flying at a less cool but more effective speeds.

It IS a book about growing up. My experience did not include killing. Mellas stood beneath the gray monsoon clouds on the narrow strip of cleared ground between the edge of the jungle and the relative safety of the perimeter wire. Humans were responsible for it all. It’s an intricate story with a lot of characters to keep track of, but it’s worth it.

I picked it up in the evening and was finished by noon the next day. We ain’t good at that.