Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam pdf epub fb2

Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam by Susan Kramer O'Neill pdf epub fb2

Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam Author: Susan Kramer O'Neill
Title: Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam
ISBN: 0345446089
ISBN13: 978-0345446084
Other Formats: azw docx txt mobi
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (October 30, 2001)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1570 kb
Size EPUB version: 1894 kb
Subcategory: Genre Fiction




In this debut story collection–the first by a woman who served in Vietnam– Susan O’Neill offers a remarkable, unprecedented glimpse into the war from a female perspective. All the nurses who served there shared a common bond: to attend to the wounded. While men were sent to protect America’s interests at any cost, nurses were trained to save the lives of anyone–soldier or citizen, ally or enemy–who was brought through the hospital doors. It was an important distinction in a place where killing was sometimes the only objective. And since they were so vastly outnumbered, women were both revered and sexually craved.For these women and the men among whom they worked and lived a common defense against the awful onslaught of dead and dying, wounded and maimed, was a feigned indifference, the irony of the helpless. “Don’t mean nothing” became their mantra, a small bunker in the real war–the war against total mental breakdown. Powerful, provocative, and often wonderfully funny, each of these tales offers new and profound insight into how the war in Vietnam forever changed the lives of everyone who served there. “Broken Stone” is an astute look at the relinquishing of faith and the sacredness of sex. The tremendously touching “Butch” is a story of love, loss, and the native casualties of war. And the darkly hilarious “Monkey on Our Backs” follows the escapades of a much-maligned and detested pet primate who causes one Lieutenant so much grief that she asks a Marine to kill it. But like the cat that came back, the monkey remains–a reminder that taming a jungle is an exercise in futility. A moving contribution by a woman to the literature of Vietnam, Don’t Mean Nothing is eye-opening and unforgettable. Here is a book that enlarges our understanding of the American experience in Vietnam