“We weren’t meant to be here.” From the modern classic memoir, In Pharaoh’s Army, a selection by Tobias Wolff portrays the final days of civilian life before boarding the bus that would carry him to the blind carnage of the Tet offensive and the greater War. With his uncanny eye for detail, pitiless candor and mordant wit, Wolff brings to life the tender and transitory hours when nothing had seemed irrevocable and before the sergeant called out the names of the men that would.
A Vintage Shorts Vietnam Selection. An ebook short.
Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
“A hell of a writer…. Wolff writes such spare, whistling prose that you’d follow him anywhere, even into battle.” —Newsweek
“One of the genuine literary works produced by the war… finely distilled, ironic… out of Wolff’s distances comes an unexpected tremor, a phrase that rips like lightning, a design that completes itself in sudden revelation.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Lucid, painfully honest… Wolff has given us something true.” —Nation