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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Rabe Narrator: Jeff Zinn Publisher: Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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David Rabe's award-winning Vietnam plays have come to embody our collective fears, doubts, and tenuous grasp of a war that continues to haunt. Partially written upon his return from the war, Girl by the Road at Night is Rabe's first work of fiction set in Vietnam - a spare and poetic narrative about a young soldier embarking on a tour of duty and the Vietnamese prostitute he meets in country.

Private Joseph Whitaker, with Vietnam deployment papers in hand, spends his last free weekend in Washington, DC, drinking, attending a peace rally, and visiting an old girlfriend, now married. He observes his surroundings closely, attempting to find reason in an atmosphere of hysteria and protest, heightened by his own anger.

When he arrives in Vietnam, he happens upon Lan, a local girl who submits nightly to the American GIs with a heartbreaking combination of decency and guile. Her family dispersed and her father dead, she longs for a time when life meant riding in water buffalo carts through rice fields with her brother. Whitaker's chance encounter with Lan sparks an unexpected, almost unrecognized, visceral longing between two people searching for companionship and tenderness amid the chaos around them.

In transformative prose, Rabe has created an atmosphere charged with exquisite poignancy and recreated the surreal netherworld of Vietnam in wartime with unforgettable urgency and grace. Girl by the Road at Night is a brilliant meditation on disillusionment, sexuality, and masculinity, and one of Rabe's finest works to date.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sally | 1/14/2014

    " This is about a guy who goes to Vietnam and a prostitute. I picked tis up at the library. It's written more like a play, which the author is known for. That wouldn't be a problem if it had something to say, unfortunately it lacked substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tuyet | 12/8/2013

    " bleak Caucasian viewpoint of Vietnam War tableau with prostitute and disenchanted soldier; I don't like the way non-Vietnamese people write about Vietnamese people and ruin our language "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by John | 12/2/2013

    " The more I think about this book the more I dislike it. I don't like books where the author has such contempt for his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by SVG | 11/25/2013

    " As far as first impressions are concerned, Rabe's day job as a playwright serves this little story well--his economy of language was by far its best quality; in fact, his talent for finding each characters voice quickly was, at times, very uncomfortable. Yet, incredible. "

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