Across the Pond

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Across The Pond, 1994 - Fiction - 42 pages
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Dedicated to the veterans of the Vietnam War, Across the Pond tells of a young man who fought for his country in Vietnam, returned home, and faced abandonment and hostility because of his actions overseas. This subject might not be a new one to many, but the heart of any story lies in the way it's told - and Across the Pond is an enlightening, moving saga that explains not just one young man's changes, but how America changed because of Vietnam.
One might anticipate a weighty survey, but the pleasure in this book, in contrast to similar-sounding discussions, lies in its brevity, which succeeds in packing a punch using only 50 pages.
So if it's an in-depth tome that is appealing, look elsewhere. Across the Pond is more of a quiet statement, based on the author's personal experiences, and proves that one need not be excessively wordy to capture the emotions and power of the aftermath of war and the plight of war veterans who received little or no support upon returning home.

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I agree with Ron Kovic, "This little book grips the reader from the beginning and does not let go. It is written with the violence and fury of Leon Uris's Battle Cry, and the tenderness and compassion of a simple poet. This work will be recognized as one of the important books to come out of the Vietnam war." 

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Page 39 - A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness — Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
Page 18 - Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
Page 36 - ... that she was one of the most beautiful women he had ever seen.
Page 12 - The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to...
Page 18 - A teenage boy is about to make one of the most important decisions of his life: whether or not to try crack. In spite of being urged by his best friend and his own curiosity, he is persuaded not to experiment with the drug by firsthand testimony of teenagers and parents at a drug treatment center.
Page 39 - Lupe came into the room and sat down on the couch next to him. "I haven't told you how lovely you look,
Page iv - McBride (Mac), permits us to feel what it was like to be there, day in and day out, in that place which will forever remain seared in the consciouness of a generation of Americans.
Page 18 - Sean was being told by the media that the majority of the American people were in favor of the war in Vietnam.

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