Going After Cacciato

Going After Cacciato

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By (author) Tim O'Brien

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 30mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0767904427
  • ISBN 13: 9780767904421
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 95,127

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A CLASSIC FROM THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF "THE THINGS THEY CARRIED " "To call "Going After Cacciato" a novel about war is like calling "Moby-Dick" a novel about whales." So wrote "The""New York Times" of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, "Going After Cacciato" captures 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. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus content

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TIM O'BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for "Going After Cacciato." His other works include the Pulitzer finalist and a "New York Times" Book of the Century, "The Things They Carried"; the acclaimed novels "Tomcat in Love" and "Northern Lights"; and the national bestselling memoir "If I Die in a Combat Zone." His novel "In the Lake of the Woods" received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by "Time." In 2010 he received the Katherine Anne Porter Award for a distinguished lifetime body of work and in 2012 he received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2013.

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER "Simply put, the best novel written about the war. I do not know . . . any writer, journalist, or novelist who does not concede that position to O'Brien's "Going After Cacciato"." "--Miami Herald" "A novel of great beauty and importance." "--Boston Globe" "Stark . . . rhapsodic. . . . It is a canvas painted vividly, hauntingly, disturbingly by Tim O'Brien." "--Los Angeles Times" "As a fictional portrait of this war, "Going After Cacciato" is hard to fault, and will be hard to better." "--"John Updike, "The New Yorker"

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"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales." So wrote the "New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures 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.