Reviews: MATTERHORN by Karl Marlantes

Savvy Verse & Wit read and reviewed Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.  Here’s an excerpt from the review:

“However, this novel shows readers the true nature of those ‘hollow’ victories.  While these men remain dedicated to their missions and each other, without proper strategy and backing their victories become senseless in the eyes of loss and terror.  Even victories become jokes once the reports are made to the command posts and the reports of confirmed and probable dead are doctored — something that was common during the war.”

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Diary of an Eccentric also read Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes for the challenge.  Here’s a bit of what she had to say:

“Life in the bush is hell, and Marlantes engages readers’ senses to drive the point home.  We can smell the unwashed bodies and the rotting uniforms.  We can see the oozing sores all over their bodies.  We feel the fear and the tension as they hump through the jungle not sure whether the enemy is waiting for them up ahead.  We feel their anger when the high-ranking officers withhold supplies when they fail to reach a checkpoint on time because they haven’t eaten or drank in days.  We hear the sounds of the bullets and grenades, and we feel their sorrow when they lose one of their own.  Marlantes’ writing is that good, so brilliant, in fact, that I wished the nearly 600 page book was longer.”

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