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  • Vietnam novel wins National Book Award

    Anybody read this one? Huyen maybe?

    NEW YORK – Denis Johnson’s “Tree of Smoke,” a 600-page journey through the physical, moral and spiritual extremes of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday night.

    “I’m very sorry to miss this one chance to dress up in a tuxedo in front of so many representatives in the world of literature, and say thank you to the people who have given me my life,” the author said in a statement read by his wife, Cindy.

    The 58-year-old Johnson, who lives in New Mexico, rarely talks to the media and is currently writing on assignment in Iraq. It was the fifth time in the past eight years that an author published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux has won in fiction, with previous works including Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections” and Richard Powers’ “The Echo Maker.”
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    Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
    Anybody read this one? Miss Saigon maybe?

    I generally don't read fiction about the Vietnam war, only non fiction. I have read a couple, and recently bought some more to give a try, but VN war fiction has not been a priority for me. For fiction I usually read period stuff, but not that period, and stories set in Europe, mostly in Italy.

    However, I am a cynic. If the Pulitzer prize is any indication, then I suspect if this book won an award it is because it paints a very bad picture of the war effort/Americans.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Miss.Saigon View Post
      However, I am a cynic. If the Pulitzer prize is any indication, then I suspect if this book won an award it is because it paints a very bad picture of the war effort/Americans.

      I just went and read the reviews. Yep! I was right!

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