Rumor of War Book Review Essays
“ ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, see that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet…he that shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved” Matthew 24:6
Philip Caputo’s relationship with the Vietnam War is depicted in a disturbingly beautiful way in the memoir “A Rumor of War.” Throughout the course of the book, approximately 16 months, we observe a young, ambitious boy ready to prove his manhood, in search of adventure turn into an aged disillusioned man. The words Caputo uses give the sense of involvement, the sense of being right there with the troops, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel, but really, we are never even close. Caputo has humble …show more content…
When Caputo first arrives in Danang, Vietnam, his platoon begins their journey by digging foxholes and piling up sandbags to protect them from an enemy they will never see. This is the birth of the phantom enemy that will hunt the memoir. At this point the operation was strictly defensive and the men dodge a timely sniper each night. The most fighting that goes on at this point involves attacks against the mosquitoes.
One incident that reveals the soldier’s progression in regards to adapting to war is when Caputo’s