Close Quarters

By Larry Heinemann
Read by Richard Ferrone

11.17 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict: Philip Caputo, Tim O’Brien, and Gustav Hasford. In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells his story of the war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier. In the tradition of The Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change.

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Summary

Summary

From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict: Philip Caputo, Tim O’Brien, and Gustav Hasford.

In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells his story of the war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier.

In the tradition of The Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An unremittingly honest look into the black pit of war…Larry Heinemann’s voice is clear and true.” New York Times
“Close Quarters can stand with the finest Vietnam writing, fact or fiction.” Chicago Tribune
“The best work of fiction to come out of the Vietnam War.” Houston Chronicle
“The most ambitious and substantial novel about the war in Vietnam…The first one that people can read seventy-five years from now and gain an insight into how the war was truly fought…Following the talk of the soldiers, you feel more like an eavesdropper than a reader.” Kansas City Star

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Author

Author Bio: Larry Heinemann

Larry Heinemann, a Vietnam vet, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the William Fulbright Scholarship Program. His work has won the National Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, both here and overseas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English