Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 19, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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In 1967 Larry Heinemann was sent to Vietnam as an ordinary soldier. It was the most horrific year of his life, truly altering him—and his family—forever. In his powerful memoir, Heinemann returns to Vietnam, riding the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and confronting the memories of his war year. Black Virgin Mountain confirms Heinemann’s legendary plain-spoken reputation as one of the essential chroniclers of our war in Vietnam

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

This book held my attention, altho at the end I'm not sure who it was written for. Heniemann tells us "Writing as therapy, God help us; the world doesn't work that way" but that "the impulse to tell ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Writing of his return to Vietnam almost three decades after he went to war and came home "pissed off and ground down by a bottomless grief I could not right then begin to express," novelist Heinemann ... Read full review


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Larry Heinemann is the author of three novel: Close Quarters (1977), one of the earliest novels of the Vietnam War; Paco’s Story (1986), winner of the National Book Award; and Cooler by the Lake (1992). He lives in his native city of Chicago, Illinois.

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