Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes is a book I can’t stop thinking about. Word is it took Mr. Marlantes 30 years to write it and, I’m telling you, it was worth every year. It’s at once a terrible and beautiful story, based much on his own experience as a Marine in the Vietnam war.
The author gives a powerful taste of the tedium, fear, anger, loss, connection, and confrontation with self and humanity that came to him during his early months in Vietnam. It is sometimes hard to read, but impossible to stop because it is that good.
I recommend this book because it is good writing, a powerful story, history revealed, and because, through out the reading, I thought constantly of my uncle, Jim Carlson, who died in Vietnam in 1968.