Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Why Are We In Vietnam? A Novel

Category: War

Author: Norman Mailer

Summary: Narrated by Ranald ("D.J.") Jethroe, Texas's most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful.


At 8:29 PM, Blogger Kelly!213 said...

I highly do not recommend this book for any lower classmen. This book had flagrant and highly offensive language and sexual references. The book did not have any relevance to any kind of war, especially Vietnam. The only time Vietnam was mentioned was in the last sentence when Tex, the main character, randomly says "Hot Damn, Vietnam." The entire book was about a hunting trip in Alaska. The title really should be "Why are we in Alaska?" I also could not find ANY literary criticism on this book. This book did not connect at all to any of the other ALISP books that I read, that were included in the "war genre." Tex makes Holden Caulfield, the rebel in "The Catcher in the Rye," seem like an angel. He hates women, he constantly uses racial slurs and steriotypes of all non-caucaison people, and he has a very perverted sense of humor. Again, not recommended for anyone, but especially freshmen.


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