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Paco's StoryIn A New Edition Of The National Book Award Winning Story Of A Vietnam Veteran Haunted By The Ghost Of War, Heinemann Tells Of Paco, The Lone Survivor Of A Brutal Attack On His Company His Story Puts Forth Endless Ironies That Capture The Ordinary And Unthinkable Horrors Of A GI S Life.

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  • Paperback
  • Paco's Story
  • Larry Heinemann
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9780140127614

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  1. says:

    The writing mesmerized me while much of the content repulsed me The language was absolutely musical with its rhythm and assonance The descriptive passages were pure poetry from a lengthy discussion of menu styles to the contents of a small town hardware store Paco is a Vietnam vet drifting across America We watch him for a few months while he is living in a cheap motel washing dishes at a little diner He is doped up on pills and liquor to mute the brutal pain that cripples his body and psyche The story is told by a ghost that hovers near Paco, one of his dead platoon mates He narrates both Paco s story as well as that of the medic who found him, the tattooed soldier, Gallagher, the self destructive young girl who spies on him and so many We are asked to watch the gang rape of a Vietnamese teenaged girl and an old Eastern Euro...


  2. says:

    This is a book written by an old graduate school instructor of mine an instructor whose last class meeting of the quarter nearly got all of us drunk graduate students kicked out of school and arrested as it turned out, on...


  3. says:

    what an awful piece of writing the voice is the most irritating i have ever encountered on the same page, the tone careens back and forth between pretentious pseudo literary over writing words like lilting and echo ous , endless strings of adjectives, dumb similes, and lists of meaningless descriptive details and larry the cable guy haw haw b...


  4. says:

    Started out really liking 4stars the book, which follows a lone surviving vet in his returning travails to the States, but waned to just liking it 3stars as the resolution of the story sort of deflated the first 2 3rds storyline Most of the characters kind of monologue in a not entirely plausible way, but the topics, time frame and perspective of the returning vet and the people he met, were very interesting, and a bit novel from other things I have read.I had initially thought this book rivaled, The things they carried in tone scope and wondered how I ...


  5. says:

    How does one write in such a way that every sentence is poetry


  6. says:

    This book follows the mantra if you don t upset people then what are you writing for None of the war stories I have read have been a walk in the park by any means, but this one was perhaps the most upsetting, in part because the majority of the action takes place outside the jungles of Vietnam As the titular Paco attempts to adjust to his life after the war, an omnipresent, omnipotent narrator introduces him and his exploits This narrator has a habit of addressing the reader directly, which I enjoyed, because it implicated me in the events of the story There was very little breathing room between our reality and theirs, which made the trauma of war feel all the real I also appreciated how the structure advanced the distressing tone of the novel Paco would go from standing in his hotel room in small town Texas, to being transported back to a hut in Vietnam and reliving some of his most traumatic memories To me, this felt like a very true to life depiction of PTSD, and it kept the trauma of Paco s past painfully present I am very glad I read this book I think it added a lot to my understanding of the Vietnam war narrative by addressing the struggles faced by veterans upon returning to a country that was not even supportive of their contributions to the war effort But it is such a cynical, depressing novel, that this...


  7. says:

    National Book Award winner The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, Exceptional for its bleak, shared unexceptional reality It was bleak Eliminate the gratuitous profanity and the book shrinks by a third Exceptional for its unexceptional reality An odd statement Maybe I didn t...


  8. says:

    It s no The Things They Carried, but then it s not trying to be Depressing but good.


  9. says:

    I recall the early 80s explosion of Vietnam novels that occurred shortly after Mark Baker sat down with vets and compiled the interviews into the compulsively readable Nam I swiped this book from my father s nightstand and got sucked in immediately My circle of 14 year old friends larded our conversations with phrases like pop a cap and frag as the book got passed around and its physical condition quickly eroded Later, in the Army, my Sergeant Major, who was drafted into the 101st in 1967, was keen on addressing the captains as Dai Uy and regaling us with cadences about Ho Chi Minh s venereal diseases My point is that post Boomers like me are still fascinated by our fathers conflict Twenty three years have passed since Larry Heineman published Paco s Story , and I ve been through a couple of wars of my own and graduate school, but I still find myself burning through the entire Ken Burns documentary series in a weekend This era with its slow motion photography of F 4s blistering the jungle with retarded Snake...


  10. says:

    Depressing, gruesome, powerful.

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