"novel" = book-length prose account

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Feb 1 01:59:47 UTC 2005

This has been discussed before, but here is an indisputable citation from a professor of English literature.

"[Philip] Caputo's novel ["A Rumor of War"] is arguably the best US novel of the Vietnam War.  A USMC officer in the first US Marine brigade to arrive in Danang, Caputo's experience mirrors that of the whole country in the late 60's.
"Paper Two due at the end of this novel"

            ---Richard Schumaker, University of Maryland, European Division. http://faculty.ed.umuc.edu/~rschumak/    (then press "war and literature").

"A Rumor of War" (1977) is an autobiographical account, catalogued by the L of C under "Biography" and "Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975, Personal narratives--American."


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