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PDF | The Tet Offensive and the Battle of Khe Sahn as a Watershed ofthe Vietnam War: Michael Herr's Dispatches ABSTRACT: The literature of. by Michael Herr. ·. ··12, Ratings. Written on the front lines in Vietnam , Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was. Dispatches This extract is towards the end of the book where Herr describes the aftermath of Michael Herr (born ) is an American writer and former war .
From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone.
Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature. Book Jacket Status: Michael Herr was a novelist and war correspondent.
He is the author of… More about Michael Herr. Herr reaches an excruciating level of intensity. He seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician and the eye of a painter.
The premier war correspondence of Vietnam. Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade. Read An Excerpt. Hardcover —.
download the Ebook: Philip D. I will argue that for all of its aesthetic experimentation, Dispatches is deeply essentialist.
Rather than a self-relexive work, or a work that, as Herr himself has stated, is really metaictional at its core-that-is-not-one,18 Dispatches engages in what Donald Ringnalda has identiied as an archaeological quest. Instead, violent death, while on the one hand an act of unmitigated destruction, nevertheless igures as that which promises to efect a Romantic reconciliation of opposites. Likewise, this answer constitutes a pertinent thesis as to how the promise of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan lures young American men and women overseas—even in another age of trauma for American myth—but one generation removed from the actions of their fathers and uncles and grandfathers, who fought and died on the battleields of Vietnam.
Later in the text, Herr clariies as much in striking terms. What is let for Herr as imposed Western structures fall apart, then, is not, as some critics would have it, a space of total indeterminacy—a space of endless signiication. By , what remain in Vietnam are the specter and actualization of violent death.
Ater that, there was nothing let for him in the war except the Lurps. One man came back. Yet the rest of Dispatches will take Herr on a journey forward into the war that also is a cyclic journey, one during which he eventually will return to this signiied and see it for what it is.
As Herr states, somewhere all the mythic tracks intersected, from the lowest John Wayne wetdream to the most aggravated soldier-poet fantasy, and where they did I believe that everyone knew everything about everyone else, every one of us there a true volunteer. As I stated above, to embrace his own complicity means for Herr an embrace of the grunt, the killer in the ield.
It is this kaleidoscopic data stream, which the grunts are living in the ield, that serves as the material deconstructing Mission-myth both in Dispatches and in Vietnam itself. Taken together, these two pieces comprise nearly forty percent of Dispatches. To a certain degree, the battles satiated these desires, as allied forces made up largely of US Marines inlicted sweeping destruction upon enemy forces who were mostly NVA regulars.
Despite the fact that Tet resulted in allied military victory ater allied military victory—so much so that ater the ofensive the VC were crippled as a ighting force—the scope of the action showed glaringly the extent of the political quagmire and combat horror into which America had thrown itself. Much of the American press, in turn, reported the story as if the battle would be a conventional one with which Americans in the post-World War II years could readily identify.
Herr portrays the attraction of Khe Sanh as follows: In its outlines, the promise was delicious: Victory! In high school I started reading some books about the war and one of them was Dispatches. I read a lot of Vietnam books in my life, but this one is the best of the best. First there's the writing style which is hard-hitting but poetic - stream-of-consciousness when the consciousness is out on the ragged edge.
I realized re-reading this that my fiction writing was definitely influenced by his writing style. Next, there's the gut cold honesty of the book, the author's ability to tell a story, and his fearless self-reflection.
Particularly valuable is his analysis of his own compulsion to go to Vietnam, to voluntarily ride out with the Marines, and the dangerous romanticism of that choice. This is a man wrestling with the knowledge that he voluntarily put himself in harm's way and that there is damage from that that he'll struggle with for the rest of his life. Also prominent are thoughts about American soldiers, particularly Marines, and all the ways they both disgust and compel him.
He presents a clear picture of men and boys who are as brutal as they are compassionate and he ponders their futures. I have always thought that the reason we've gone into recent conflicts and stayed for years is in part due to the lock-down of the press by the military. War correspondents and photographers no longer roam free.
Footage and photos tend to be pretty sterilized. I suspect that if the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would be over if they were in our living rooms every night. If you want to read a beautifully written, highly intelligent, and heartbreaking memoir of the Vietnam War, this is the one to read. It will inform you in ways you can't currently imagine and it will make you think differently about Vietnam, but also about our current warfare.
It's a beautiful, amazing book. My knowledge of the Vietnam war isn't good, and I hoped this book would remedy that. Unfortunately it's not an ideal first port of call, as it assumes a lot of prior knowledge that non-Americans may not possess, and was peppered with initials and acronyms but had no glossary or any other means of explanation. I connected with it only in patches - where the narrative occasionally narrowed its focus down to to a single person, and then it was possible to understand and to empathise, but these sections were relatively sparse.