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Going After Cacciato

Going After Cacciato

Author(s): Tim O'Brien

Location(s): Paris, Vietnam

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Vietnam War and aftermath

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Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciatocaptures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.

In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it’s about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.

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