A River In May

A River In May What Happens When A Bunch Of Murderous Gringos Are Let Loose On A Third World Country The Country Is Vietnam And The War Has Escalated Into A Technological Bloodbath Lyndon Johnson Is In The White House And Each Night On The Network News Programmes Americans Watch Their Soldiers Returning In Their Thousands In Plastic Body Bags In Vietnam, Lieutenant Lopez, A Twenty Three Year Old American Of Mexican Origin, Has Volunteered For A Tour Of Duty To Escape Not The Cocoon Of Privilege His Adoptive Parents Have Wrapped Him In, But A Personal Tragedy In Which He Is Implicated Lopez Has Been Assigned To A Remote Border Camp Defended By A US Special Forces Team And By Vietnamese Irregulars At First He Regards The War As A Personal Penance, But Is Gradually Forced Out Of His Self Pity To Become Aware Of The Brainless Brutality, Bleak Cynicism And Injustice Which Swirl Around Him Lopez Starts To Shed His Layers Of Acquired Identity And Culture, And Begins To Go Native In This Powerful And Profoundly Disturbing First Novel, Edward Wilson Poses The Question How Far Will One Individual Go To Right The Wrongs Of His Country, Before Betraying His Fellow Soldiers And Comrades His Answer, Unexpected And Shocking, Will Remain To Haunt The Reader Long After First Reading This Is A Vietnam War Novel With A Difference, Giving Voice To The Dispossessed.

Edward Wilson served in Vietnam as an officer in the 5th Special Forces His decorations include the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for Valor Soon after leaving the army, Wilson became a permanent expatriate in the UK in 1974 He formally lost US nationality in 1986 Edward Wilson is a British citizen, but has also lived and worked in Germany and France.

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  • Paperback
  • 282 pages
  • A River In May
  • Edward Wilson
  • 26 August 2017
  • 9781900850728

10 thoughts on “A River In May

  1. says:

    A novel of the VIETNAM war when you get to Vietnam, you step through the looking glass This is a novel written almost as a memoir, the events and places are conjured up with a veracity and realism that indicate the author knows his subject.In style and feel this novel is very much like Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, which gets down deep and dirty as the Americans push deeper into the country and into hostile territory Lieutenant Lopez is escaping his molly coddling family and a tragedy that has left its mark Fighting in Vietnam seems a credible choice, as the U.S army of the sixties still provided routes to those dark places where repentance and suffering were possible A period of fighting in Vietnam equated to a kind of penance.The reality, of course, was all too visceral and the author describes events in realistic and forthright terms There is the camaraderie of course and one learns during one of their conversations that Saigon may have had the second highest rate of venereal disease infectio...

  2. says:

    A hard brutal read of Viet Nam, about a young Green Beret Lt posted to a remote outpost, the dealing s with friends, the losses, and foes to survive the morass he finds himself in The prose is pretty good, and it s one of ...

  3. says:

    I think this is a really good book, but a tough read Although it is only relatively short, it took me some days to read because, at times, I found I could only cope with reading 10 or 15 pages before the relentless, soul destroying violence of war demanded I take a break and seek some inner peace.

  4. says:

    This is an incredibly powerful and brutal depiction of the Vietnam war in all it s horror and bitter irony Apocalypse Now appears tame Mixed in with something of MASH A novel not to be missed but only praised.

  5. says:

    This makes Apocalypse Now look like a fairy story This isn t uncommon, as most war memoirs convey a strong sense of insanity and chaos, but this particular book has a number of hard acts to follow in the many works of fact and fiction based on the Vietnam War The central character, Lopez, is conflicted by his racial background Mexican American as an adopted child in a wealthy family, who has feelings for his adoptive sister Tragedy drives him into the US Marines and into Special Forces, a career path with some similarity to that of the author s own experiences This places Lopez in the very front of the front line, involved in a mission of dubious value with uncertain South Vietnamese allies, surrounded by mounting civilian deaths caused by US callousness and carelessness, in which his own US comrades are enthusiastically complicit The descriptions are extraordinarily vivid, the insanity...

  6. says:

    There have been many books written about the Vietnam War but this one stands out in depicting the suffering on both sides, but particularly on the Vietnamese civilian population It is a harrowing study of the pain and extreme hardships imposed on a war torn country It is also a tale of corruption both moral and financial The protagonist, Lieutenant Lopez has come to Vietnam to put distance between him and a terrible tragedy at home He finds an even greater tragedy in Vietnam, one which turns him into a drug user, an alcoholic, and eventually a totally lost soul The author paints a realistic picture of the conflict between being a soldier and witnessing atrocities that no one could be prepared for In the end the battle for Lopez s soul is neither won nor lost but the journey remains indelibly etched in our minds.If I wanted to dissuade anyone fr...

  7. says:

    Review also posted on my blog River in May is a Vietnam War novel which is not something I d normally read yet Edward Wilson blew me away with the powerful prose in this book There s no escaping that this book handles bleak and harrowing issues but the writing was stunning and this book presents a plot which is not to be ignored.Lieutenant Lopez is a complex, conflicted character who battles with the horrific realities of war along with his own personal demons too You can t read this book expecting heroes and characters you re going to love but instead, refreshingly real characters who I connected with, regardless of my opinion on them The characters were written perfectly.Edward Wilson drew on his own experiences from the Vietnam War when writing A River in May, making this novel much honest yet equally distres...

  8. says:

    Uniquely and powerfully done war novel Wilson delivers what is quite clearly an autobiographically informed Vietnam War novel Set apart from all the rest of the classic soldering narratives of the mud, the blood, the drugs 13th Valley, Dispatches, other greats Wilson anticipates the recent literary renderings of confusion, espionage, and which side were you on in the jungle The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson Lopez, our protagonist is a Mexican American Harvard grad, trained right up by the Army, swiftly sent to unit leadership at a way north Khe Sahn type Hill The wonder of the writing is how Wilson, keeps the point of view strictly through the eyes of Lopez Seeing only what he a self identified humanitarian moralist we are convinced, sees and hears brings us along as he takes action, ultimately...

  9. says:

    There are sections in here that are simply splendid, descriptions of either people or places that could not really be bettered But it is probably not the greatest Vietnam novel ever John del Vecchio s The 13th Valley, for example, is still among the best The 13th ValleyFor many readers, probably, the difficulty lies with the book s main character s trajectory While the end is somewhat inconclusive it is possible, but the means by which he got to that point remains elusive In that sense, the character s development is a little fuzzy, so that the book s sections remain as vignettes, some of them stunning, rather than as building blocks towards a finale.It is well worth r...

  10. says:

    As promised, I read A River in May, Edward Wilson, touted as the best Vietnam novel Digging in, it turns out to be a first person faux memoir of a disaffected junior officer with a great education and a bad family, who finds himself in Vietnam and, surprise, is disaffected He hates his mission, his superior officers, the ARVNs and the embeds, and, of course, the fact he is p...

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