Tobias Wolff Luann Walther
- Title: In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War
- Author: Tobias Wolff Luann Walther
- ISBN: 9780679760238
- Page: 173
- Format: Paperback
Whether he is evoking the blind carnage of the Tet offensive, the theatrics of his fellow Americans, or the unraveling of his own illusions, Wolff brings to this work the same uncanny eye for detail, pitiless candor and mordant wit that made This Boy s Life a modern classic.
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M*A*S*H M.A.S.H. è l’acronimo di Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, cioè Ospedale Militare Chirurgico da Campo. Non c’entra nulla con questo bel memoir. Tra l’altro, quelli (il film, e la serie) erano ambientati in Corea, parlavano di quella guerra lì, anche se sono universalmente associati a quella del Vietnam. La somiglianza però c’è: è nel tono, nell’ironia, nel piglio (apparentemente) cinico e (apparentemente) leggero. Ma il libro di Wolff non è un deliro di risate come M*A*S*H. [...]
In this extraordinary memoir of Wolff’s Vietnam experience, there is a haunting scene that reveals the major cultural differences between the American soldiers and Vietnamese culture. Wolff was a first lieutenant (he was a special forces member) assigned as an adviser to a South Vietnamese unit. He had spent a year at language school in the United States and was fluent in Vietnamese. He and some ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) soldiers are hanging out when two of the ARVN find a small p [...]
Only one of the best short stories writers alive today. This is killer.
War stories are really my brother's forte, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a memoir of Vietnam, and because I read it for a Creative Non-Fiction class, I'm left wondering whether a few things actually happened. Is truth crazier than fiction?I also really loved the interjections of writerly advice within the narrative, and wish Wolff would have given us more. A young man overseas, always with a novel in the back of his head. In many ways, I related. In many ways, I found truth within his [...]
Slick - at times too slick. But for the most part really fucking good. His chapter on Tet, "The Lesson":webcache.googleusercontent
I've never heard of Wolff's In Pharaoh's Army before. When a friend recommended the book (right after he binged read it) I was interested, but doubtful. However, once I started reading I was pulled into the strong, reminiscent story about the experiences of war.In Pharaoh's Army reads like a collection of short stories, each one with value. A collection of memories of a young officer's experiences in Vietnam, working as an adviser in the Delta. Each story diverts into a secondary path, then wind [...]
A Gentleman Goes To War. THIS BOY'S LIFE by Tobias Wolff is a classic. In that book he does a brilliant job capturing the ugliness of class prejudice in America, and the twisted strategems people use to rise in class. Unfortunately, this book is not so much about Vietnam as it is about Wolff's presence in Vietnam -- in other words, what's really on display is not his courage or patriotism but his, shall we say, genteel powers of detachment. He's always saying, "look, most of the grunts were low [...]
I started this book thinking it was about Moses leading his people was not.Wolff does an excellent job coupling monumental moments with seemingly insignificant ones. He strings his shorts well - great memoir, great read!
I've only read 2 of Tobias Wolff's works -- both memoirs: This Boy's Life and now In Pharoah's Army. These two works have left me with an impression of him as a writer that strikes me as similar to my impression of writers like Jack London, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway. Similar, but not the same. In ways, he has that "man's man" thing about his writing that they have. In other ways, he is much more gut-wrenchingly honest and allows himself a vulnerability that I can't imagine someone lik [...]
The Vietnam War memoir has been harder than expected to find. tim o'brien is probably the famous name of the genre, but as it turns out, he is writing fictionalizations. Guns Up! is strong and full-throated in its one way. Enter Tobias Wolff. At first echoing will manchester's (ww2 vet) seemingly distant /dissociated/ even perverse confrontation with the absurdities and hollowness of war, Wolff quickly gets involved in a slightly mournful but at times mordant dissection of military realities. He [...]
When I describe Wolff's work to people, I say he's probably the most emulated short story writer in America. You have to read one of his stories and have read a lot of american creative writing work to know what I mean. And these are memoirs, which is pretty indicative of american fiction. He has the clarity of a baldwin, the structures of carver, and seems to have lived a life like hemingway. I don't recognize his tone, which is often a little cruel, so I'll say it's distinctly Wolff. This is p [...]
I really like memoir, and this was no exception. Vietnam era stuff sometimes gets to me because of my dad's experience and the resulting psychological trauma, but this was really well done. Wolff is an honest storyteller who didn't shy away from painting himself in a less than stellar light. This isn't really a "front lines of battle" kind of war memoir, though clearly we get some of that. It's more about the situation he found himself in, constant struggle he felt throughout, his platoon, frien [...]
I've read a lot of books about Vietnam over the years, but I still enjoyed Wolff's fresh perspective as a first lieutenant. His willingness to more or less describe himself as a coward in the face of danger and his attention to detail in describing his year in My Tho in the Mekong Delta at the time of the Tet Offensive make this a good read regardless of how much you know about the Vietnam-U.S. war. Although best known as a short story writer, I'm looking forward to reading his memoir A Boy's Li [...]
Good book but not long enough to go as deeply as I would have liked. While chronicling a year's military tour in Vietnam, Wolff renders that hazardous and appalling situation in as clear a way as I have ever read, offering up with stark clarity the dehumanizing aspects of war, the terrible compromises that must be made, and the sacrifices of conscience that go along with being a soldier.
Way too many rewards from reading this book to even mention. His sentences, both in fiction and non fiction, are some of the best I've ever read. It's like listening to a smarter person than you've ever known, speak with a poetic frankness absolutely void of sanctimony. And there are several passages/lines in this one that'll keep you thinking for days.
No one writes liars as well as Tobias Wolff.
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been (except me)Honesty is like "Nude Descending a Staircase". Was she really going down ? Maybe it was only a pose, she was really headed up. And how nude did she get ? Maybe the artist just imagined the last part. But the picture stands as a lasting, but unclear, monument to a certain moment. As we strip away our motivations for doing things, as we take account of all the moods and history that lie behind the smallest of our actions, may we not-----even we------ge [...]
Written with the all of the concision and clarity that he brings to his fiction, "In Pharaoh's Army" ascertains Wolff's ability to turn life experiences into dynamic storytelling. Wolff's first memoir - and his most famous book - "This Boy's Life" recounts Wolff's childhood with his itinerate mother and doltishly abusive step-father. And "In Pharaoh's Army" reads as a continuation of "This Boy's Life"; Wolff's feelings of inadequecy and fraudulence appear in their grownup forms in this story as [...]
This is one of those rare books; a memoir written with unflinching honesty. In turns funny, brutal and melancholic, I found this an altogether different take on the Vietnam experience.Wolff's initial description of his entry into the military and subsequent deployment to Vietnam was quite amusing to read however it is the misery of command that he endures that held my attention.He finds cruelty, misogyny and distrust everywhere he turns and struggles with his conscience as he attempts to come to [...]
Great story and a good read. My son recommended this and it was a pleasure to follow the life of someone thru a war that was closer to me as a child than my high school son now. Very real depictions of life in a war torn country, the mismanagement of our own military, and the fears/horrors of being there. Definitely worth the time to read and comes with both the happy and sad you might expect.
This is the first book by Tobias Wolff that I've read. As someone who has written about war, I found In Pharaoh's Army to be a confirmation of everything I know about the effects of a combat deployment on young, developing human beings. Wolff is a wonderful writer. I look forward to reading more of his work.
Wolff continues in the self-critical vein he established in This Boy's Life, painting a picture of moral inadequacy as he went to Vietnam and succeeded in staying alive, if little more. I think it's extremely well done.
Tobias Wolff provides us with a memoir that captures his experience of serving in the Vietnam War. Every human emotion, including the lack thereof, gets it's due. Wolff captures that war as deftly as Tim O'Brien.
second or third reading. liked some parts a lot less than before.
Engaging, he brings things to life.
Craft counts more than life experience.Author Tobias Wolff arrived in Vietnam in 1967 as a 22-year-old First Lieutenant. He was uneducated, having been expelled from the elite Hill School when it discovered that he had forged his transcripts and recommendations to get accepted. He was aimless and undisciplined—he had deserted a Coast and Geodetic Survey ship that he had signed onto as crew.Then he enlisted in the Army. Although not even a high school graduate, his perceived "command presence" [...]
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, I think it would be “insightful.” Wolff’s prose is a great combination of snappy-smart and lovely and his pacing pulls us along comfortably. Rather than give us an entirely linear account, he does this thing that works well for him where he hands us a story, then talks about something else for a while, then comes back to that story from a different angle or telling a different part of it, and the seemingly unrelated stuff sandwiched in the m [...]
Very quick read due to easy flowing writing style. Sensed he was true to himself in his relation - both the good and the bad.
Having read some of Wolff's other work, namely Old School and his childhood memoir This Boy's Life, I was eager to delve into the author's experiences with the proverbial "lost war" of Vietnam. With the same terse and declarative prose of This Boy's Life, Wolff deftly captures the elusive and, oftentimes, discrete sensations of war. For fan's of Wolff, this memoir will not disappoint.In Pharaoh's Army recounts the author's year long tour in Vietnam, where as a Lieutenant in the Special Forces, h [...]
(My reviews for this and This Boy's Life are the same)Together, This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army are Wolff’s autobiography of his early years. He begins by relating an account of life on the road with his mother in the mid-1950s, and subsequently ends up attending high school in the town of Concrete, Oregon (population less than a thousand). In Pharaoh’s Army continues through his discharge from the U.S. Army after a tour in Vietnam. They culminate with his matriculation at Oxford, [...]
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