My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I want you to know that this is one of the most important books of our time. I want you to read this book. If you know a combat veteran, you owe it to them to read this book. Karl Marlantes account of his time in Vietnam and the decades afterwards is a profound statement that puts war, all wars, into perspective for those who haven’t experienced them first hand.
Marlantes, in 250 pages, describes the horror and thrill of combat and the effect it has on the soldiers who fight. It explains the confounding swirl of emotions and experiences of combat, and the devastating, debilitating impact it has on the survivors. This is not a political book, this is not a judgemental book, it is one man’s account of trying to heal the spiritual and psychological wounds that our society so often has ignored after sending young people off to fight and die.
I cannot stress this enough: If you care anything at all for our military and veterans, you owe it to them to honor their experience with the understanding and wisdom found in this brief, powerful book.