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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War


Book Overview: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

An incredible publishing story--written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, a New York Times best seller for sixteen weeks, a National Indie Next and a USA Today best seller--Matterhorn has been hailed as a "brilliant account of war" (New York Times Book Review). Now out in paperback, 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.

Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Matterhorn becomes for the Vietnam War what All Quiet on the Western Front was to World War I." -James Patterson

Featured in PBS's The Vietnam War series by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick.

The New York Times bestselling, "powerhouse" (TIME Magazine) debut from Vietnam War veteran, Karl Marlantes.

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PublisherGrove Press
Publication Date2011-05-10
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Karl Marlantes, a highly-revered novelist and non-fiction writer, has extensively contributed to the world of literature, especially in the realm of war literature. Born and raised in Oregon, USA, in 1944, Marlantes graduated from Yale University and attended Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University before serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War. His experiences in the war significantly influenced his writing, providing a deep sense of realism in his works. Marlantes came into the limelight with his remarkable debut, "Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War," which meticulously recounts the horrors and camaraderies of war. Credited for its authenticity and emotional intensity, it took him 30 years to complete the said novel, which instantly became a New York Times Bestseller upon its publication in 2009. In addition to "Matterhorn," Marlantes penned "What It is Like to Go to War" and "Deep River," further solidifying his stature in American literature. Throughout his career, he has received numerous accolities including the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's James Webb Award. Marlantes continues to be celebrated for his unmatched ability to intertwine history and fiction, producing narratives that are profound, gripping, and emotionally resonant.


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