The book that arrived was indeed Close Quarters published by Faber and Faber. Some parts are really hard to read. From the moment his first novel was published Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo Tim OBrien and Gustav HasfordIn the stripped-down unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war. Following the talk of the soldiers you feel more like an eavesdropper than a reader. I wrote those two books in an attempt to make clear that this is what awaits youor something likethe work of the war will transform you into something you dont recognize. In his memoir Black Virgin Mountain Heinemann writes about Close Quarters and Pacos Story. But if you are looking to learn about the SEA Conflict as seen from the eyes of a grunt this is your book. He was THE author in the program at the time published by a major New York house agented and critically acclaimed for his first novel Close Quarters a gut-wrenching story about the Vietnam War. The cover featured a tank driver - visible only from the nose upwards - covered in grit wearing a battered helmet. The inspiration for fellow infantry man Oliver Stones Platoon this unsparing excerpted chapter from Larry Heinemanns first novel Close Quarters captures the infamous New Years Day Battle of 1968 between the 25th Infantry Division and North Vietnamese Army. Download for offline reading highlight bookmark or take notes while you read By the Rule. From the moment his first novel was published Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo Tim OBrien and Gustav HasfordIn the stripped-down unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier draftee Philip Dosier. That is until he put the sights sounds smells and other sensations down on paper in his first novel Close Quarters published in 1977. A Novel Vintage Contemporaries series by Larry Heinemann. Close Quarters Excellent read if you are willing to learn some harsh realities of the Viet Nam war. Larry Heinemann a Vietnam veteran who drew on his war experiences in two well-received novels one of which Pacos Story startled the. Close Quarters can stand with the finest Vietnam writing fact or fiction Chicago Tribune The most ambitious and substantial novel about the war in Vietnam. Larry fought in the conflict 1967 to 1968 and then returned to his native. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier. The only difference was the author was an American named Larry Heinemann not William Golding.