A Thousand Tears Falling: The True Story of a Vietnamese by Hai Lua

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Much worse. This wasn't smoke and mirrors. There was no graduation day to look forward to, my parents up in the reviewing stand beaming proudly while their son paraded past, a perfectly disciplined Marine in a well-oiled platoon of eighty new Marines who could march as if they were one. There was no rotation date to pray to, knowing that if you were still alive on that magic day, they would put you on the Freedom Bird and send you back to the World. I hadn't volunteered for this. The men who had raided my cabin did not scream or shout or threaten.

Word travels fast," I said. "Don't it," said Frenchie. " "Smoke that demon weed, boy, gonna mess you up," said Bobby. His eyes twinkled. Page 6 "As if you guys are angels," I said. "That's exactly what we are," said Frenchie. "You think I'm a new guy or what? " "Jarheads don't get no wings," said Frenchie. " "We walked," he said. "How the hell do we ever get anywhere? " "And thank God for that," said Ski. " "Never mind that," said Bobby. " "You didn't happen to bring a grenade launcher with you," I said.

The profundity of his prose is becoming recognized. But why is he not a household name among the serious reading public? Part of the problem may be in Ehrhart himself. S. publishing industry. Not one of his four previous books of nonfiction has had an appropriate publisher or been published in the trade format required for attention in the major review media. , a very good but tiny niche publisher of specialized reference texts. McFarland li- Page xii censed his first nonfiction book, Vietnam-Perkasie, to a mass-market house, which put it out as a paperback aimed at the thrill-seeking readers of survivalist military adventure stories.

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