Matterhorn

Matterhorn

A Novel of the Vietnam War

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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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 9254ul 1
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Characteristics: 598 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

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debwalker Dec 07, 2010

Winner of the 2011 William E. Colby Award, which honors "a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public's understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs." The Award is named for the late ambassador and ... Read More »


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EljayJohnson
Jul 26, 2019

Horrible and heartbreaking. I will never truly know or fully know what it's like to be in warfare, but perhaps I gained some small understanding reading this book. There were times I thought I couldn't bear to read another word, but I did. The futility and waste was wrenching; the bravery and sacrifice believable and matter-of-fact. It was written with love by someone who had experienced it all.

I remember when I was in Vietnam, looking around at the jungle landscape, that I wondered how a war was ever fought in that impossible terrain. This book answered that question - it was impossible and that was one of the many reasons this particular war was so horrendous. Marlantes gave his readers the gift of seeing and feeling like the grunts who were there.

My only negative was the overuse of military jargon and minutiae. It made the story inaccessible at times. Otherwise, excellent.

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nvice
Mar 15, 2018

January 2018

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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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