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Fiction and the War in Vietnam

This discussion course will utilize two acclaimed works of fiction by two writers who played prominent roles in the recent PBS documentary The Vietnam War by Lynn Novick and Ken Burns. The Sorrow of War By Bao Ninh, a North Vietnamese soldier, is an emotionally draining  novel almost unknown to an American audience. Karl Marlantes, a highly decorated Marine Corps officer, wrote the powerful novel, Matterhorn. We will look at the characters, plot, and setting of these two novels to see what “truths” are revealed about war in general and the Vietnam war in particular. It is anticipated that course enrollees will have read and studied both novels and come to each class prepared to share their insights into what these authors are conveying to their readers. Note: This course does not meet on Thursday, November 22.

Instructor Bio:

Bob Lorish served as a Marine infantry platoon commander in Vietnam in 1968-69. Following discharge from the Marine Corps in 1970, Bob received a doctorate from Boston University and spent a career of more than 30 years in behavioral healthcare. He remains in contact with many of his fellow Marine lieutenants who served in Vietnam. Heyward Macdonald served as an army officer in Vietnam and became a student of the psychology and spirituality of the return of veterans from the Vietnam War. He believes that there are distinct differences in re-entry from that war as compared to a war perceived by the culture as moral and good. Heyward holds BS, MBA, MDiv, and DMin degrees and served as an Episcopal priest in Virginia and Maryland for 32 years.

Required Reading:

Marlantes, Karl. Matterhorn, 2011. Ninh, Bao. The Sorrow of War, 1996.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B404 Bob Lorish Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13 Th 1:00-2:30 p.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

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