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Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, the now classic novel of Vietnam, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar blend of horror and hallucinatory comedy that marked the war. Reality and fantasy merge in O’Brien’s fictional account of one private’s sudden decision to lay down his rifle and begin a quixotic foot journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing and meeting the demands of battle, the novel stands as a masterful description of the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of everyone.
“O’Brien’s landscapes have the breadth and scope of Tolstoy’s, and the essential American wonder and innocence of his vision deserves to stand beside that of Stephen Crane.”-National Book Award citation for Going After Cacciato