Fatal Light

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Santa Fe Writers Project, Apr 1, 2009 - Fiction - 210 pages
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A devastating portrait of war in all its horror, brutality, and mindlessness, this extraordinary novel is written in beautifully cadenced prose. A combat medic in Vietnam faces the chaos of war, set against the tranquil scenes of family life back home in small-town America. This young man’s rite of passage is traced through jungle combat to malaria-induced fever visions to the purgatory of life in military-occupied Saigon. After returning home from war to stay with his grandfather, he confronts his own shattered personal history and the mysterious human capacity for renewal.
 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

This morning I finished reading Richard Currey’s Fatal Light, a novel of the Vietnam War first published more than twenty-five years ago. The edition I have is a handsome 20th anniversary reprint from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lexi2008 - LibraryThing

This book was sent to me through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Well, I'm just going to come out and say it. I didn't care for this book. I went into it hoping for an experience like that ... Read full review

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Contents

MORTAL PLACES
5
INCOUNTRY
31
BONE BLOOD
63
MALARIA
87
SAIGON
101
HOME
131
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Richard Currey served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972 in the U.S. Navy. He was trained in jungle warfare and special operations, and was a medical corpsman attached to the Marine Corps's Fleet Marine Force. He has written Crossing Over: A Vietnam Journal, which went on to vast acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and Lost Highway. He lives in Washington, DC.

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