Indian country

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 419 pages
12 Reviews
Indian Countryis a sweeping, brave and compassionate story from one of our most acclaimed chroniclers of the Vietnam experience. Christian Starkmann follows his boyhood friend, an Ojibwa Indian called Bonny George, from the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where they roamed, hunted and fished in their youths, to the wilderness of Vietnam, where they serve as soldiers in the same platoon. After returning home from the war, his friend buried on the battlefield he left behind, Christian begins to make a life for himself. Yet years later, although he is happily married to June, a good-hearted social worker, and has two daughters, Christian is still fighting--with the searing memories of combat, with the paranoid visions that are clouding his marriage and threatening his career, and most of all with the ghost of Bonny George, who haunts his dreams and presses him to come to terms with a secret so powerful it could destroy everything he has built. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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User Review  - Thomas Kanyak - Goodreads

The descent into madness of a Vietnam war veteran set in the UP( upper peninsula) of Michigan in the 1980's. I'm sure anyone from there would not be happy with his description of the people and what ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Shrubb - Goodreads

A very good read, but another difficult one. It's about what happens to vets (Vietnam in this case) when they return. Years after they return. There's a bunch of stuff in it about Native American ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

Journalist, author, and screenwriter, Philip Caputo was born June 10, 1941 in Chicago and graduated from Loyola University with a B.A. in 1964. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times; he is a contributing editor for Esquire magazine. His best-selling first book, Rumour of War (1977), is his memoir of Vietnam, recounting his 1964-1967 tour as a Marine Corps lieutenant. His other books include Horn of Africa (1980), Indian Country (1987), and Equation for Evil (1996). When he returned home from Vietnam, Caputo worked for the Chicago Tribune, first as a local reporter and then as a foreign correspondent. In 1972 he and Hugh Jones received a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of election fraud in the primaries. In 1987, a division of Paramount Pictures hired him as a screenwriter.