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.
In Pharaoh s Army Memories of the Lost War 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
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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 puppy wand [...]
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 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 words, a [...]
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 winding ba [...]
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 class br [...]
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 gut wrenchingly honest and allows himself a vulnerability that I can t imagine someone like Hemingway al [...]
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 is no gun [...]
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 probab [...]
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 about the situation he found himself in, constant struggle he felt throughout, his platoon, friends, family [...]
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 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 Life next [...]
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 get confused Some peop [...]
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 Wolff struggles [...]
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 t [...]
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 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 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 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 got him sen [...]
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 middle allo [...]
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, he is [...]
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, in the early 19 [...]