Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes should be a Pulitzer Prize book. True, I am not a literary genius or review books for a living, but I think I have read enough quality fiction in my life to recognize the great ones. This is a great one.
Another of the great novels, in my opinion, about war was The Killer Angels that dealt with the Battle of Gettysburg from the Southern point of view. Matterhorn is about a different war, but one that many of us are able to identify with since it was our generation's war. No matter how you felt about the Vietnam War, you cannot help but be moved by this book.
Karl Marlantes is a decorated veteran of the war and began this book thirty years ago. As many reviewers of the book have said, it is well worth the wait. Speaking of reviews, as usual, I want to give you two of them. The first is by Mark Bowden the author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War.