Going After Cacciato

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For most of the novel, Paul Berlin and his fellow soldiers are trying to travel to Paris. Paris is significant in the history of Vietnam, both because France once occupied Vietnam as a colonial power…

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During the Vietnam War, the Vietcong dug enormous, complicated networks of tunnels underground. About a third of the way through Going After Cacciato, the soldiers stumble into one of these tunnels, and find themselves…

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In the novel, the soldiers carry guns of many different sizes—the biggest of these, the “big rifle,” is a large, powerful firearm, usually entrusted to one of the most experienced soldiers. For much of the…

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