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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (612 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Brown Narrator: Peter Francis James and Ed Sal Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This gripping novel is not only one of the best books written about Vietnam; it is also one of the most powerful anti-war novels in American literature.

Walter James has no face. Braiden Chaney has no arms or legs. They lost them 22 years ago, in Vietnam. Now, in the course of one long night in a V.A. hospital, these two soldiers, one black, the other white, reveal how they came to be where they are and what they can only hope to become.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Whoverstreet Overstreet | 2/15/2014

    " I read Brown's Big Bad Love last summer in about 2 days. Loved it. A great collection of short stories. But wasn't prepared for the knockout of Dirty Work. Very powerful - and especially moving for a Mississippian. NY Times called it a "devastating anti-war novel." Indeed. Story of two Vietnam veterans from Mississippi who happen to end up next to each other in a DC hospital. One is black and has lost all his limbs. He maintains his sanity by living in a dream world. The other is white and has lost his face in battle. Depressing, yes - but also beautifully written. Moving story of how these two men bond and benefit one another over a long night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kbheiner7 | 1/31/2014

    " A powerful anti-war book - the best of Brown I have read yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Corinna | 1/24/2014

    " I was excited to read another Larry Brown. The writing is excellent, but neither the characters nor the story did it for me. Set in a VA hospital in the 1990s, two Vietnam vets talk through the night, and realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe | 1/6/2014

    " One of the best novels I've read in I don't know how long. Alternately poignant and gritty, horrifying and transcendent, brutal and beautiful, after reading this book, I see why Brown was compared to his fellow Lafayette County, Mississippi novelist, William Faulkner. It isn't style, because where Faulkner soars, Brown stays gritty and focused. It's in the fact that both writers approached nothing less than, as Faulkner explained when he won the Nobel Prize, the old verities which comprise the touchstone of human goodness and existence. Let that commend "Dirty Work"-- that and one shocking plot twist that will drop the bottom out of your stomach. I'm giving it five stars only because I can't give it more. "

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