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Er how hard he works nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body Brilliantly and vividly written Paco's Story winner of a National Book Award plunges you into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows. It's no The Things They Carried but then it's not trying to be Depressing but good

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Paco's StoryPaco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Viet Cong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam Everyone else is annihilated When a medic finally rescues Paco almost two days later he is waiting to die flies and maggots covering his burnt shattered. The writing mesmerized me while much of the content repulsed me The language was absolutely musical with its rhythm and assonance The descriptive passages were pure poetry from a lengthy discussion of menu styles to the contents of a small town hardware store Paco is a Vietnam vet drifting across America We watch him for a few months while he is living in a cheap motel washing dishes at a little diner He is doped up on pills and liuor to mute the brutal pain that cripples his body and psyche The story is told by a ghost that hovers near Paco one of his dead platoon mates He narrates both Paco’s story as well as that of the medic who found him the tattooed soldier Gallagher the self destructive young girl who spies on him and so many We are asked to watch the gang rape of a Vietnamese teenaged girl and an old Eastern European jeweler talking to his long dead wife through the same lens of gorgeous and vulgar prose This is a violent haunting novel deserving of its awards but uncomfortable to read

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FREE DOWNLOAD · Paco's Story Ñ Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Viet Cong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam Everyone else is annihilated When a medic finally rescues Paco almost two days later he is waiting to die flies and maggots covering his burnt shattered body He winds up back in the US with his legs fBody He winds up back in the US with his legs full of pins daily rations of Librium and Valium and no sense of what to do next One evening on the tail of a rainstorm he limps off the bus and into the small town of Boone determined to find a real job and a real bed but no matt. This book follows the mantra “if you don’t upset people; then what are you writing for” None of the war stories I have read have been a walk in the park by any means but this one was perhaps the most upsetting in part because the majority of the action takes place outside the jungles of Vietnam As the titular Paco attempts to adjust to his life after the war an omnipresent omnipotent narrator introduces him and his exploits This narrator has a habit of addressing the reader directly which I enjoyed because it implicated me in the events of the story There was very little breathing room between our reality and theirs which made the trauma of war feel all the real I also appreciated how the structure advanced the distressing tone of the novel Paco would go from standing in his hotel room in small town Texas to being transported back to a hut in Vietnam and reliving some of his most traumatic memories To me this felt like a very true to life depiction of PTSD and it kept the trauma of Paco’s past painfully present I am very glad I read this book; I think it added a lot to my understanding of the Vietnam war narrative by addressing the struggles faced by veterans upon returning to a country that was not even supportive of their contributions to the war effort But it is such a cynical depressing novel that this will probably be the only time I read it In the capable hands of Larry Heinemann even a mundane restaurant menu becomes something despicable as though this is a commendable skill as an author it is hard to read than once