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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Heinemann Narrator: Larry Heinemann Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781598874266
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The National Book Award-winning author of Paco’s Story returns with a haunting memoir of his year as a combat soldier in Vietnam—and the ghosts he encounters on his return 30 years later.

In 1966 just as the American military buildup in Vietnam was going into overdrive a working-class 22-year-old from Chicago was drafted into the army. Larry Heinemann served one year of combat duty with the 25th Infantry Division most of it in the vicinity of Cu Chi. It was the most horrific and consequential year of his life and it served as the raw material for his two classic war novels Close Quarters and Paco's Story.

The memoir chronicles a 1992 railway journey Heinemann took from Hanoi to HoChi Minh City as the guest of the Vietnam Writers' Association. Along the way he encounters Vietnamese war veterans and views sites that trigger powerful memories. His journey ends with a crawl through the tunnels of Cu Chi and a climb up the sacred mountain that is this book's namesake. A work of mourning and an act of reconciliation Black Virgin Mountain considers the psychic costs of awar that is still taking its toll.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/19/2012

    " I came across this while researching a documentary project. Anyone who served in Vietnam will find Larry Heinemann to be honest and quiute interesting as he returns to Vietnam in the 1990's. This is the third of a trilogy of stories he has written about Vietnam, but the first non-fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/23/2008

    " I came across this while researching a documentary project. Anyone who served in Vietnam will find Larry Heinemann to be honest and quiute interesting as he returns to Vietnam in the 1990's. This is the third of a trilogy of stories he has written about Vietnam, but the first non-fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Heinemann

Larry Heinemann, a Vietnam vet, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the William Fulbright Scholarship Program. His work has won the National Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, both here and overseas.