Two young Vietnam War veterans who fought on opposing sides return home, struggling to recover from their experience. A moving story of trauma, resilience and the challenging road to recovery.
This is a moving account of life after the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of Johnny Shoebridge who carries so much of what happened in his mind.
Through this we also learn of the Viet Cong through a fighter that Johnny remembers, who he calls Khan and imagines what life would be like for him after Johnny basically shot his arm off in their last battle.
Johnny imagines much of this as he recalls images and events of what actually happened. Through all of this he is gradually readjusting to life after war and re-establishing his life in Australia.
This is a fantastic middle secondary reader that looks at an awful period in our history, where our returning soldiers were mistreated by many for being a part of a war that they believed we should never had been involved in.
Brilliantly written and constructed by master novelist David Metzenthen. I would highly recommend the use of this novel as an introduction to the topic of war, particularly the more recent Vietnam War.
Reviewed by Rob