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Going After Cacciato

O'Brien, Tim (Book - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Going After Cacciato


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Authors: O'Brien, Tim
Statement of Responsibility: Tim O'Brien
Title: Going after Cacciato
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press/S. Lawrence,, 1999, c1978
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,21 cm.
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Report This Sep 12, 2013
  • lianness rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

O'Brien deftly conveys the feelings of a combat soldier. Sometimes the fantasy gets a bit too fantastical but by the end is tied together seamlessly. Great book that could be applied to Iraq and Afghan war soldiers too.

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  • GrumpyDave rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

1979 National Book Award - Fiction

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Report This Nov 22, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

They were dangerous. No one was ever killed by a land mine or booby trap unless it was along a trail. Exposed, always watched, the trails were the obvious spots for ambush. Still, there were many times when it was better to face these dangers than to face the wet of a paddy or the itch of deep brush. There were times when a fast march along a trail, however perilous, was preferable to a slow march through hostile country. There were times when mission required the use of trails. And there were times when it simply stopped mattering.

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  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

He had nothing against Cacciato. The whole thing was silly, of course, immature and dumb, but even so, he had nothing against the kid. It was just too bad. A waste among infinitely wider wastes.

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