Tree Of Smoke
Another book the Gotham Gal gave me to read on vacation is Tree Of Smoke by Denis Johnson.
Tree Of Smoke is about vietnam, nominally about the war, but really about the experience of being there in the 60s and how it messed with people.
It’s a big novel, some 600+ pages, and Denis Johnson’s writing is gripping
The characters are a sordid bunch and you never really like them (at least I never did). But in their stories you’ll recognize those of many people deeply affected by their time in southeast asia in the late 60s and early 70s
Tree of Smoke is not a war story, its a story about human beings and the hell that is war. I found it to be powerful, moving, the kind of story that sticks with you for a while.