Phillip Caputo Message Board
Courtney posts on 4/27/2007 7:45:28 PM
I have just started this book and I really like it. I'm reading it for Advanced History and I think it's an important book for everyone to read!
Bruce R. Gary posts on 4/16/2007 2:56:38 PM
Hugh John Sullivan:
I just ordered "A Rumor of War" from Amazon as I discovered, quite by accident, that you mention Sgt Hugh Sullivan in it. I was his friend and grade school classmate and discovered at our 45th HS Class Reunion that Hugh had been killed in Vietnam. Since then, I also found his wife Sandy and we have been corresponding as I had some old pictures of Hugh she had never seen. I sent them recently and she just sent me copies of four pictures taken of Hugh...one on their wedding day and 3 from 'Nam, which I'll share with my other classmates that all remember Hugh. They say if a man lives in memory he shall never die...I'm beginning to think that's true.
Looking forward to reading your book.
Megs posts on 11/29/2006 7:14:02 PM
I had to read the first half on the book, for a HST class. This is by far one of the most interesting memoirs I've read in a while. Not only does the author tell the events as they happen, but also manages to put his personality and inner dialog out there with boring people to death. This war had a lot to do about nothing, but Caputo still manages to keep readers interested and wanting to know what happens next. He's pretty skilled at this. I mean, Vietnam was a war of attrition, and for Caputo to write about that and not make people fall asleep is pretty amazing.
JR posts on 11/12/2006 1:16:04 PM
I'm pretty amazed by this forum. Not only do most of you want want someone else to do your work for you. Most of you can't write a cpmplete sentence. Do yourself a favor and read the book It's one of the most important books ever written about the Vietnam war or any war for that matter. Caputo does a superb job of painting a picture of the horrors of war and of what war does to the human mind and spirit. As you would see, if you took the time to read the book, war makes the men who fight it turn into animals at there most base level. Read the book, and take a composition class. Then come back and post something worth reading.
Yuber posts on 10/17/2006 10:39:12 AM
You know, this is a really good book that you should read! That is why your professor is making you read it! Phillips basic traing was harsh, it had to be, they made him look at dead bodies ( ya know, i could be lying to you for you know, and be 4 years all the same.) He had a loss of anger, he gave the wrong orders, he wanted the war to end, he thought one destroyed village would end the war.
posts on 6/8/2006 2:39:08 PM
Did you at one time live on Ridgeland Ave when you were young?
posts on 5/7/2006 7:34:53 PM
I have to write a 3-5 page paper answering these questions.
"Render your own verdict on Caputo's moral responsibility for crimes in which he was tried." (explain your reasoning behind it)
" Tell how Caputo's experiences led him to believe that the vietnam war was uniwinnable for the U.S."
If somebody could please email the answers you would be a life saver. thanks.
mutznutzuk posts on 8/31/2005 3:47:21 PM
Why don't you try reading the book and find out for yourself what the answers to your questions are? Isn't that the whole idea?
Travis Lane posts on 8/6/2005 10:09:50 AM
What a tragic tale of our student classes. The few of you that read the book gleaned nothing from it. Like all of Phil's books, its not the back-drop that is the story, its the struggle. Obviously few of you can be as perspicacious as I am, but come on, are you all really this obtuse?
"Rumor" is a tale of the fall of the mighty, the obscuring of a moral boundries and the intrinsic nefarious nature of the human animal. Phil's liberal perspectives conflict with his worldly cynicism, and I will grant that this struggle is often subtle. But this was no mere war story. Its the story of the gradual, yet inevitable unveiling of the human condition when subjected to the preening conditions of the horrors of war, in spite of contrary noble, or idealistic purposes.
God, please someone say something intelligent.
Jessica posts on 7/29/2005 12:23:47 PM
Please, I need to write a paper about this book and i am completely lost, can somebody help me? thank you!
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