In Pharaoh's Army

In Pharaoh's Army


By (author) Tobias Wolff

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 221 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 18mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679760237
  • ISBN 13: 9780679760238
  • Edition statement: Vintage Books.
  • Sales rank: 257,215

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In Pharaoh's Army is Tobias Wolff's unflinching account of his tour in Vietnam, his tangled journey there and back. Using his old wiles and talents, he passes through boot camp, trains as a paratrooper, volunteers for the Special Forces, studies Vietnamese, and - without really believing it himself - becomes an officer in the U.S. Army. Then, inexorably, he finds himself drawn into the war, sent to the Mekong Delta as adviser to a Vietnamese battalion. More or less innocent, self-deluded but rapidly growing less so, he dedicates himself not to victory but to survival. For despite his impressive credentials, he recognizes in himself laughably little aptitude for the military life and no taste at all for the war. He ricochets between boredom and terror and grief for lost friends; then and in the years to come, he reckons the cost of staying alive. A superb memoir of war, In Pharaoh's Army is an intimate recounting of the central event of our recent past. Once again Tobias Wolff has combined the art of the best fiction and the immediacy of personal history - with authority, humanity, and sure conviction.

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Table of contents

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