Free kindle 1968 By Joe Haldeman – Albawater.co

In , a nation fought two wars one abroadand one with itself On one front, Spider walked point and tried to survive an insanity he neither accepted nor understood On another, his girl, Beverly, drifted into a strange counterculture that offered her dangerous freedoms at the price of her innocence In , a great black leader was murdered on a balcony in Memphisa political convention in Chicago was stained with young bloodand Spider and Beverly searched for their separate peace in two worlds on fire It was the year that changed us all In , everything went crazy


10 thoughts on “1968

  1. David David says:

    This is realI was there I was an infantryman It s all here the boredom, the petty bullshit, the fear lurking in the back of your mind every minute of every day, and of course the terror when things got sketchy I was lucky in that I never had to live through anything as horrific as the events described in this book, but they seem very real to me Very good book but not for the faint of heart.


  2. Jamie Jamie says:

    Had to read this for an English class in college and liked it so much, I kept it A realistic fictional novel about the Vietnam War and America at this time Beautiful imagery Joe Haldeman puts you there and you feel what the characters and the nation at that time are feeling.


  3. John Murphy John Murphy says:

    Wow, this book was everything I hoped it would be andAlthough it deals with some seriously heavy and disturbing subjects there are several laugh out loud moments most notably when Spider loses his virginity in a Vietnamese whorehouse.This isn t just another nam novel though as it focuses equally on the shifting cultural plates in the states at the time.Haldemans writing is brilliant throughout with short punchy chapters making the grim subjects easily digestible Along with The Force an Wow, this book was everything I hoped it would be andAlthough it deals with some seriously heavy and disturbing subjects there are several laugh out loud moments most notably when Spider loses his virginity in a Vietnamese whorehouse.This isn t just another nam novel though as it focuses equally on the shifting cultural plates in the states at the time.Haldemans writing is brilliant throughout with short punchy chapters making the grim subjects easily digestible Along with The Force and Prince of Thieves this is another recent 5 star read for me


  4. John pierard John pierard says:

    This is a really great novel about that incredible year Brought it all back for me An unjustly overlooked classic, as far as I m concerned.


  5. prcardi prcardi says:

    Storyline 2 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5Resonance 2 5I m not sure how this got on my reading list, but it appears to have been accidental I was expecting science fiction This was not That is my fault, not Haldeman s, but it probably contributes to my low regard of the book Expectations matter It is also not the Vietnam War book that it appears to be when one first begins In the afterward Haldeman writes that this book, in part, is for men and women everywhere who are trapped day a Storyline 2 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5Resonance 2 5I m not sure how this got on my reading list, but it appears to have been accidental I was expecting science fiction This was not That is my fault, not Haldeman s, but it probably contributes to my low regard of the book Expectations matter It is also not the Vietnam War book that it appears to be when one first begins In the afterward Haldeman writes that this book, in part, is for men and women everywhere who are trapped day and night, locked away in the dark prison of their memories of war And the first several chapters read like a Vietnam War tale Haldeman did not have enough material, unfortunately, to keep that narrative going The title, then, is theimportant indicator The book really is about the year 1968 While a lot of the story is about Vietnam, there is a lot about domestic politics in America and the social changes at the time as well It is a lashing out book Haldeman was drafted in the Vietnam War, and a lot of his books seem to be heavily influenced by the experiences In 1968 Haldeman brandishes cynicism Cynicism against the establishment The establishment with regards to the Vietnam War were the politicians, generals, and profiting companies that put the draftees into service But there are plentyestablishment figures and cultures to berate once Haldeman turnsstateside If this was something he needed to write as some sort of cathartic release, I am certainly not going to begrudge him And readers who went through similar experiences might find a sense of camaraderie in having someone else express their cynicism As a reader not having any personal experience in the war and not particularly interested in Joe Haldeman, someone instead looking for insights, entertainment, and creativity, I found the whole thing lacking in the gravity and tone that was needed to make this affecting or memorable There was a snide flippancy that buoyed the cynicism but detracted from this as serious historical fiction The rapidly changing subheadings, replacing standard chapters, were amusing for the first few occurrences Thereafter they were dutifully discharged for the purpose of stylistic devotion, not because they were useful Similarly, the forays into civil rights and homophobia were dutifully included They read as if researchedthan experienced and were even less arresting than the Vietnam story I could see how this would have been insightful and creative in 1969 By the time this was published in 1994, it is difficult to believe that there aren tinsightful memoirs and creative fictions


  6. Rita Rita says:

    P 248 The double Standard was absolute and unquestioned Boys cajoled and pleaded and promised, but if a girl finally did give in, they would in all probability have sex with her for a month or two and then wander off looking for fresh blood, or meat, meanwhile telling all the other guys about how easy she was She was a slit but he was normal, he was a man Thanks, Joe Haldeman, for reminding me how much and why I hate men But the book In 1968 I was a sopho at Coronado High School in Sco P 248 The double Standard was absolute and unquestioned Boys cajoled and pleaded and promised, but if a girl finally did give in, they would in all probability have sex with her for a month or two and then wander off looking for fresh blood, or meat, meanwhile telling all the other guys about how easy she was She was a slit but he was normal, he was a man Thanks, Joe Haldeman, for reminding me how much and why I hate men But the book In 1968 I was a sopho at Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ We had a demonstration in the park across from the school, wearing black armbands and having a day off school if our parents signed a note for us We were protesting the Vietnam war, but we didn t have any idea at all about it.My own brother got a 4F deflection from the draft lottery, taking LSD to be deemed mentally incompetent, to get out of his evaluation in New Mexico I don t know why the draftees were not accorded the recognition and respect that servicemen get now, but they didn t People actually spit on them This story is about just one of those GIs, Who suffered brutally in the short time that he served in that cruel and senseless war, and is based on the time that Haldeman spent in Vietnam 1968


  7. Stephanie Pieck Stephanie Pieck says:

    To say the main character of this book has a run of bad luck is an understatement He starts his tour in Vietname in 1968 in Graves Registration which is exactly what the name implies identifying and cataloging the dead After an argument with his commanding officer, he s sent out as a radio technician and lands in Walter Reed a few weeks later Things just go downhill from there.The author managed to weave a lot about other events of 1968 history seamlessly or fairly seamlessly into the To say the main character of this book has a run of bad luck is an understatement He starts his tour in Vietname in 1968 in Graves Registration which is exactly what the name implies identifying and cataloging the dead After an argument with his commanding officer, he s sent out as a radio technician and lands in Walter Reed a few weeks later Things just go downhill from there.The author managed to weave a lot about other events of 1968 history seamlessly or fairly seamlessly into the narrative It adds another valuable perspective to a time period we would do well not to forget or gloss over


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    Wow Just wow.I read this in one sitting It s heartbreaking, yet fascinating There is hard core sex, as well as hard core gore But most of all, there is hard core truth This is an honest reflection of a period in history The year 1968 What a tumultuous year As sad as it is, it happened There s no escaping that fact I was only 10 in 1968 but I remember make love, not war peace signs everywhere hippies and Vietnam I lost a cousin in Vietnam I found this book to be quite educational Wow Just wow.I read this in one sitting It s heartbreaking, yet fascinating There is hard core sex, as well as hard core gore But most of all, there is hard core truth This is an honest reflection of a period in history The year 1968 What a tumultuous year As sad as it is, it happened There s no escaping that fact I was only 10 in 1968 but I remember make love, not war peace signs everywhere hippies and Vietnam I lost a cousin in Vietnam I found this book to be quite educational And quite sad


  9. Peter Peter says:

    A powerful and moving story of the Vietnam War and its effect on Spider, a drafted GI, and Beverley, the girl he left behind to try to wait for him, set against a backdrop of domestic politics and factual sidelights on the nature of the war and the mental illness of the lead character It s brutally honest with a realistic cast, an unexpected but convincing final chapter and an indictment of both the army particularly its psychiatric practices and contemporary society.


  10. Mike Lilly Mike Lilly says:

    Heart breaking to realize how many thousands of Vietnam veterans suffered from misdiagnosed PTSD and how different their lives could have been if they received better treatmentthen and now Very good book well written documenting a revolutionary year of American history and culture A must read for a journey into melancholy.