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Author: Tim O'Brien
ISBN13: 978-0440329657
Title: Going After Cacciato
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Language: English
Publisher: Laurel (June 2, 1992)

Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien

Praise for Tim O’Brien and Going After Cacciato. A luminescent piece of writing and, assuming we last that long, it will still be read in a hundred years from now. -Miami Herald. As a fictional portrait of this war, Going After Cacciato is hard to fault, and will be hard to better. The scenes are so carefully mortised, and the whole so firmly fitted and tightened and polished, that each efficient page carries the heft of importance this material has for the author. John Updike, The New Yorker. Going after cacciato. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher.

A splendid boo. n Going After Cacciato, O’Brien moves into the first rank. New Republic . A strong and convincing novel that deserves its National Book Awar. oes well beyond mere disillusionment about the war and national policy. It is a book about the imagination itself. America . O’Brien’s skill and vision make anything possible. The author was a foot soldier in Vietnam, and knows his material.

The novel does not simply recount the events of the war; it dives into the inner life of its protagonist, Paul Berlin, and grapples with philosophical questions such as what it means to be brave

Going After Cacciato book. I met Tim O'Brien briefly when he toured for In the Lake of the Woods back in 1994. Along with his signature he wrote on my copy of the book the word "Peace". I thanked him for his service to his country and I can remembered he paused for a moment, just long enough for me to think I'd completely FUBARed the situation.

Tim O’Brien was born in 1946 in Austin, Minnesota, but he spent most of his childhood in the neighboring city of Worthington, Minnesota. Growing up, he showed great interest in nature and travel, two themes that echo throughout his novels and short stories. O’Brien studied political science in college. In 1968, shortly after graduating, he was drafted into the army and deployed to Vietnam, where he served for nearly two years. In the 80s, O’Brien was an energetic activist for better treatment of military veterans, and criticized the American government’s lopsided take on its military action overseas. In 1990, O’Brien published the book for which he’s best known, The Things They Carried.

About book: Going After Cacciato's preface is: Soldiers are dreamers ~ Siegfried Sassoon which gives you an idea of the story inside. We follow Spec Four Paul Berlin, Doc, Eddie Lazzutti, Harold Murphy, Stink, Oscar and Lt Corson as they go after Cacciato, who split, gone AWOL and headed to Paris, on foot, from Vietnam. A bizarre mission that at times you wonder if it's really possible. The possibilities it wasn't dreaming - it wasn't even pretending, not in the strict sense. Imagination, like reality, has its limits. Thank you Tim O'Brien for your imagination and your sense of obligation. For that is a precious gift to us and future generations of readers. In the whole of human history, I am of the extremely small percentage of males that did not fight in a war nor had my life changed as a result of one.

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Going After Cacciato is an anti-war novel written by Tim O'Brien and first published by Delacorte Press in 1978. National Book Award for Fiction. O'Brien himself says that "Going After Cacciato is called a war novel. It is not. It is a peace novel. This complex novel is set during the Vietnam War and is told from the third person limited point of view of the protagonist, Paul Berlin.

If you're going to read Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien with friends or family, here are the steps to create a fun, analytical book club while you're at it. This book can be challenging because of the uniqueness of its plot and author. Following these steps will effectively prepare you to work through this novel with others in a book club. 1. Create a reading timeline with your book club members! One of the most crucial aspects of your book club will be to create a schedule that works for everyone

"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby Dick a novel about whales."So wrote The New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar blend of horror and hallucinatory comedy that marked this strangest of wars. Reality and fantasy merge in this fictional account of one private's sudden decision to lay down his rifle and begin a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. Will Cacciato make it all the way? Or will he be yet another casualty of a conflict that seems to have no end? In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Reviews: 7
I didn't think a book about being a soldier in Viet Nam could top Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," a book I have read several times and have used to teach writing techniques. But the author's earlier novel, "Going After Cacciato," is superb. Each soldier's life comes to shape, even in their daydreams and nightmares. O'Brien paints an intimate picture of what the soldier has to do in mind and body to get through another day. The daily confusions, the exhaustion, the mindgames.... I hope this book is read widely by anyone alive now or in the future who wants to understand what war does and what being a soldier means.
Going After Cacciato is Tim O'Brien's National Book Award winning novel. It is told in a dreamscape from the point of view of a young "Spec-Four". I found this novel to be an engaging and entertaining depiction of the Vietnam War, but I enjoyed The Things They Carried more for its minimalism and brutality. Going After Cacciato is part war, part young man's fantasy - a daydream of a deployed soldier. If you are looking for realism, read The Things They Carried.
This book has what you expect from Tim O'Brien: guts, grit,character, and truth which defies sanity. The characters match the insanity of war in an "arm wrestle" of adaptation of their minds to circumstance. A different kind of reality emerges, one is which the character of mind does not emerge as polished or pretty, and yet, for all that, it is somehow even more heroic. Tim O'Brien needs to exist in order for us to come to terms with the profundity of the questions of war that are otherwise easy to dismiss because we quail into forgetfulness around horrors we can't understand. O'Brien takes us to a place where we can do that, and still emerge whole, at least, as whole as we ever get!
O'Brien is a great writer, but when I got to the point where I realized what was actually going on in regards to the plot, it was very difficult to sustain my enthusiasm to keep reading, although I did finish. It's tough to say more without spoiling the book, but let's just say the idea was interesting but the execution left a bit to be desired.
As usual, Tim O'Brien's writing is first-rate and that is what garners this novel of Vietnam an extra half-star. Overall, the story is well-crafted. In certain parts, however, the story jumps around overmuch such that the reader might not know if he or she is in a flashback or not. (There are three "timelines" in the book.) The flashbacks, in fact, are probably the most interesting, and are relayed primarily through the perspective of Specialist Four Paul Berlin. Another part of the story takes place at night in a watchtower on an isolated beach, while the third follows Berlin and his group of fellow soldiers in pursuit of Cacciato, who deserts his team in order to make his way overland to Paris. All of these timelines are visited and revisited throughout the novel.

If this is the first Tim O'Brien novel you've read, then you won't be disappointed by his other Vietnam works such as The Things They Carried [Paperback] and If I Die in a Combat Zone : Box Me Up and Ship Me Home which are better. There are aspects of "Going After Cacciato" which are unrealistic and not fully fleshed out. Although the reason for this becomes clear by the close of the book, I was left with a disappointed feeling. O'Brien is still, however, head and shoulders above many other writers out there. Recommended with the caveat that you lower your expectations for "Going After Cacciato," pay attention to the timelines (particularly the watchtower part) and enjoy the ride.
Haven't read the whole book yet...but it was recommended to me by my....wait for it.... 17-year-old son after reading it in Lit class at HS. I admit I find it a bit hard to track the story within the style it is written...BUT....my son assures me that when I finish the book it will all make sense and it will make my brain have an aaahhhh haaaaa moment.
Amazing! Totally enjoyed it! What happens when a platoon makes a decision to follow and capture one of their guys who left the war (deserter? crazy? whatever) by foot to Paris, France. They all say it's impossible, insane, delusional, whatever, but they go after Cacciato village after village, country after country...seeing him at times with binoculars one mountain top ahead of them. Will he make it to Paris (from war-ridden Vietnam)? Will they follow all the way to Paris? The journey is absolutely a literary tour de force, inventive and surreal to the very bones! But you must read it at least twice to fully understand it and enjoy it. Not a simple story. Amazingly crafted! Genial!
Ironic indeed is the fact that this is an absolutely fantastic book except for the parts that deal with going after Cacciato. The on-the-road-to-Paris chapters pale in comparison to the rest of the book; especially once you realize this journey is imagined, these sections are little more than tedious and annoying distractions. A cute ploy that just doesn't work. Maybe this is a case of a young and gifted writer trying a bit too hard to be clever and literary and artsy and award-winning. But jettison those chapters and you're left with a stunning accomplishment, a glimpse of a writer who can talk about war in ways you've never heard and a promise for what might come next. A promise so fully delivered several years later in The Things They Carried.