Going After Cacciato by Tim OBrienAlternate cover for this ISBN can be found here
Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.
In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately its about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.
Going After Cacciato Summary & Study Guide
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The novel begins with the description of a group of soldiers gone to war. One of the soldiers who disappear in Cacciato and his friend, Paul Berlin , claims that Cacciato went to Paris. The Lieutenant decides to send the squad in which Cacciato was to look for him. The squad sees Cacciato after a few days of walking and Lieutenant Corson insists on going after him even though he is very sick.
Going After Cacciato cuts back and forth between several different time periods, all of which are seen from the perspective of a young, inexperienced soldier named Paul Berlin.
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Going After Cacciato Summary
December 18, by Anna. War has its own reality. War kills and maims and rips up the land and makes orphans and widows. These are the things of war. Any war. The novel is told through the point of view of Paul Berlin, one of the soldiers who sets off on the mission to find Cacciato.
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