Paco’s Story

By Larry Heinemann
Read by Richard Ferrone

6.82 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Vietcong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues him almost two days later, Paco is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the United States with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off a bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed, but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body. Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco’s Story plunges the reader into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1987

Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Vietcong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues him almost two days later, Paco is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the United States with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off a bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed, but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body.

Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco’s Story plunges the reader into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Larry Heinemann is…the grunt’s novelist of the Vietnam War. His is the storytelling of life and death between the laager and the treeline, a life of dirt, fear, dope, alcohol, brutality, curses and evil.” Washington Post Book World
“Resonates with a devastating and bitter irony…Heinemann writes about workingman’s Vietnam, exceptional for its bleak, shared unexceptional reality. This is the war, no question, and there is no escape.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Paco’s Story deserves a place among the best Vietnam war novels.” Providence Sunday Journal
“A well-written, ruminative work…Heinemann has a promising talent.” Publishers Weekly
“Intense, vividly written…a very frightening, yet wondrously rendered tale of violent extremes of human behavior. A strongly emotional reading experience, it is highly recommended for collections of serious contemporary fiction.” Library Journal

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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: 6.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English