Finalist for the National Book Award: a work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation.
The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out combat-crazed soldier. The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book. It is the first title in Del Vecchio's Vietnam War Trilogy, which also includes For the Sake of All Living Things, about the Cambodian holocaust, and Carry Me Home, which addresses the aftermath of war.
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quite long so not for a single sitting
the only parts of this story i didn't like were the multiple philosophical conversations between the troops which while i'm sure happened on occasion didn't really add to the story and just seemed out of place, the second was the speed at which Cherry turned to 'the dark side' just seemed too fast for me but apart from that it was great.
"Describes a place and time, and a warrior class."
The descriptions of the infantry way of life in the field during war.
Down to minute details, this book engaged me whenever what was taking place was in Vietnam. I liked how the units involved used tactics that conformed to the entire situation. I couldn't stop listening.
His voice transported me. Everything he said felt urgent and was driving toward the next action. Most of the time, I thought Sean Runnette disappeared into the story or merged into it.
Cherry was probably the most memorable character for me, although there were others. Cherry had to adjust to the hardships, the ways that had already changed all the other men. I could feel how this experience changed him forever.
The parts of the story that occurred in the U.S. were conversations that often went over my head, I admit. But everything that took place in Vietnam grabbed me in full.
"Best, truest novel of Vietnam from the Grunt's POV"
When I first read this novel decades ago I was amazed. It's the truest, most honest book about the Vietnam war, from the field soldier's point of view, I've ever read. None of the movies you may have seen about Vietnam, or the other novels, come even close to telling what it was really like. I was there in 1969 and I attest that what you'll read in the book is true. All of it.
If you want to know what Vietnam was like for the grunts in the field, the ones who actually fought the war and many of them died there, this is the book you want to read. It's also well written, but too long in parts. You'll end up skipping some of the less relevant parts. The author, Del Vecchio, was there with the 101st Airborne and knows what he's talking about.
"a window to the past "
loved this book.story is intense and hard to set down.narrator is awesome! GET IT!!!! this story will touch you more ways than one.
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