5.0 颗星，最多 5 颗星A stunning story about one man's battles with Vietnam-induced PTSD...If you liked "Rumor of war" you might like this one too.
2016年8月9日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
The story of a young man raised in the 1950's and '60's by a strict Lutheran minister, who defies his father to follow his Ojibwa Indian friend into the Army and the Vietnam war. It's quite a roller coaster ride of a story, as the protagonist (named Christian Starkman) suffers from PTSD as he tries to make a life post-war with his wife and two children. I really can't do this book justice in a review, I can't describe it but it's a story like you've never seen before. Any book i buy just to re-read, like this one deserves 5 stars and if you like the author's style you will probably like this book.
Phillip Caputo was first published in 1979, his book "A Rumor of War" that is a Vietnam classic. As a US Marine second lieutenant during the "grand little war" in Vietnam in 1965, he watched a little war turn into a very big one and paid a very heavy price along the way. Moreover, as a civilian journalist, he was present during the fall of Saigon in 1975 and caught one of the last helicopter flights out. It's all caught in that book, but this had to effect my opinion of this one.
"Indian Country" is a mind-blowing novel to which a lot of people will be able to relate. It is maybe Caputo's hardest hitting writing ever: It tells the story of a Christan Starkman, who's best friend is an Americanized Michigan Iroquois native American boy, inexplicably named Bonny George.
Starkman's dad is a fire-brand Christian preacher, totally anti-war, and wants him to be the same. After enrolling at divinity school he's got a deferment. Bonny George gets his draft notice (the time period is 1968-9) and Starkman decides to enlist also. The rest i found a very good read, there are many twists and turns here: Starkman before and after, supreme soul-killing guilt, war and ant-war issues, insanity, love, submission and vindication.
If you liked Rumor of War, or anything else Caputo has written, you will either love or hate it - probably his best writing ever.
Although I read two of his books recently which were extremely good, this book was drawn out way too long describing Starkmans inner mind. Also the book switched to ancient Indian customs and beliefs right in the middle of Starkmans story. Couldn't wait until I could see the 99% page in my Kindle. He is a good writer but this was stretched out too far. The three star rating could have been a 3-1/2 but that's not possible with this sight.