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Author: Stephen Wright Narrator: Will Collyer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9781549183584
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One of the greatest novels ever written out of the Vietnam war, by a writer who experienced it firsthand.

Deployed to Vietnam with the U.S. Army’s 1069 Intelligence Group, Spec. 4 James Griffin starts out clear-eyed and hard-working, believing he can glide through the war unharmed. But the kaleidoscope of horrors he experiences gets inside him relentlessly. He collapses, gradually, in step with the exploding hell around him, and ends up unstrung, waiting for the cataclysm that will bring him home, dead or not.

Griffin survives, but back in the U.S. his battles intensify. Beset by addiction, he takes up meditating on household plants and attempts to adjust to civilian life. Through passages gorgeous, agonizing, and surreal, Stephen Wright paints a searing portrait of a nation driven to the brink by violence and deceit. Meditations in Green is a haunting exploration of the harrowing costs of war and yet-unhealed wounds, “the impact of an experience so devastating that words can hardly contain it.” (Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review)

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  • “The impact of an experience so devastating that words can hardly contain it.”

    New York Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/17/2014

    " Brilliant writing! Mordant humor. The Hell and futility of Vietnam is limned devastatingly. It missed 5 stars because it went on an on, long after it had made it points about the Hell and futility of Vietnam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/4/2014

    " I'm about a third of the way through, and while I admire this book, I am just not in the mood for it now. Another day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/15/2013

    " The man writes zero boring sentences. And I felt like I didn't breathe during the last 30 pages of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 4/27/2013

    " I read this for a Literature of War class I had in college and I was really impressed and engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 4/1/2013

    " Circuitous, but engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 senator | 12/28/2012

    " Good for LSD-addled Vietnam conflict hi jinx. Not to diminish its scope; really good if you have an interest in that particular American Nightmare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Des | 9/12/2012

    " A superb brutally honest book. those who glory in war should be forced to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Killian | 7/3/2012

    " Incredibly interesting book. Really thought provoking with great concepts. Writing can be all over the place at times, and setting/time period shifts abruptly at times. Overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 6/14/2012

    " Pynchonesque with all that implies but also imbued with the particular horror that the Vietnam war can bring to a book. Probably the one book where I laughed while being horrified. "

About the Author

Stephen Wright is a New York–based novelist known for his use of surrealistic imagery and dark comedy. His work has varied from hallucinatory accounts of war, a family drama among UFO cultists, a carnivalesque novel on a serial killer, to a Civil War picaresque. He has taught writing courses at various universities, including Princeton University, Brown University, and the New School.

About the Narrator

Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.