I had read a bunch of reviews saying that this novel was the
novel on Vietnam. It was supposed to be better than any of Tim O'Brien's pieces. This isn't a bad novel, but O'brien's works -- particularly Going After Cacciato
-- have much more depth. This has the absurdity of Catch-22
and the horror of Apocalypse Now
. But from a literary standpoint, it isn't as powerful in language and imagery. Not a bad book, but didn't live up to the hype I had heard.