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The Short-Timers pdf The Short-Timers, ebook The Short-Timers, epub The Short-Timers, doc The Short-Timers, e-pub The Short-Timers, The Short-Timers dc9b64e19f7 This Novel Was The Source Text Of Kubrick S Full Metal Jacket It Follows The Career Of The Sardonic Narrator From The Organized Sadism Of Marine Basic Training To An Assignment As A Combat Reporter In Vietnam To His Experiences As A Platoon Commander After The Tet Offensive, Portraying The Descent Into Barbarism That Marked America S Intervention In Vietnam


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  1. says:

    Gustav Hasford s THE SHORT TIMERS is my unicorn It is the book that has eluded me for almost fifteen years Finally, I wizened up and went to my library I guess there are some books that will not become part of my personal collection Enough about me The book My unicorn As a kid I knew that the movie Full Metal Jacket was based on this book Brief interlude most of the best lines quoted from the movie were never said by that character in the book My father, a veteran of Viet Nam was part of the 1st Marine Division, 5th Regiment, 1st Battalion in 68 69 and told my brothers and I that this movie was as close as it got to any art form depicting Viet Nam in any sense of accuracy So, I thought I knew the story.WRONG.THE SHORT TIMERS gave Stanley Kubrick some ideas, an outline Had Kubrick stayed faithful to the novel I am certain that the book would still be in print today Where Kubrick went wrong was how he took aspects of a Marine s psychology and twisted it to show only the parts that could be sensationalized Hasford s novel has other ideas THE SHORT TIMERS wants to show how an ordinary man becomes a monster, but still maintains or struggles to maintain some semblance of humanity You see, it is easy to say that the guys who humped through the jungle during that much neglected and disrespected war were crazy, but it is harder to understand why exactly they were the way they were These men were changed One moment at a time they were transformed into killers Joker and Cowboy and Pyle were never given a chance to be individuals individuals get you dead Rather, Joker and Cowboy and Pyle were twisted and broken and shaped into one tiny metallic splinter of a cog in the Green Machine wheel And as their individualism was erased, something else took its place It s hard to say exactly was this something was Attitude Bravery Loyalty Fantasy Bat shit craziness But by the time these men except Pyle you all know what happened reached Viet Nam, this new persona became hardened Death was nothing to fear Killing was to be embraced Even when a tank commander runs over a little Vietnamese girl and a water buffalo or when some of the guys are killing rats VC rats in their bunks or trenches there is a moment when the grisly nature of war should become apparent, but never does because the little girl s papasan only wants reimbursement for the dead animal, knowing that the girl s life is worthless monetarily and he needs money to buy food, and the rats are merely a gesture by God as a means to entertain the Marines while they are waiting for that moment when Charlie and ten thousand of his closest friends run through the wire, eager to taste the blood of American soldiers By the time Joker meets up with Rafterman and there is a heck of a back story as to how Rafterman got his name human emotion is only felt by the New Guys, the phony tough and the crazy brave Once Rafterman experiences his first taste of bloodlust, once his first confirmed kill has been acknowledged, Hasford paints one of the most horrible scenes this reader has ever pictured in his mind I will not spoil this for you trust me it s worth the wait to read it for yourself And it is during these times that Hasford s novel far surpasses Kubrick s film.Allow me to illustrate my point There is a scene in the movie where Joker and some of the other Marines are fighting in Hue The movie shows some destroyed buildings, rubble mounds, and military movements Hasford describes it as such We see the great walls of the Citadel With zigzagging ramparts thirty feet high and eight feet thick, surrounded by a moat, the fortress looks like an ancient castle from a fairy tale about dragons who guard princesses in need of assistance The castle is black stone against a cold gray sky, with dark towers populated by shadows that are alive The Citadel is actually a small walled city constructed by French engineers as protection for the home of Gia Long, Emperor of Annamese Empire When Hue was the Imperial Capital, the Citadel protected the Emperor and the royal family and the ancient treasure of the Forbidden City from pirates raiding from the South China Sea We are big white American boys in steel helmets and heavy flak jackets, armed with magic weapons, laying siege to a castle in modern times Metal birds flash in and shit steel eggs all over the place F 4 Phantom jet fighters are dropping napalm, high explosives, and Willy Peter white phosphorus With bombs we are expressing ourselves we are writing our history in shattered blocks of stone Wise, like Solomon, we have converted Hue into rubble in order to save it.DAMN THAT IS SOME WRITING As I said, this book is my unicorn But that s not all Hasford goes further into the mind of a Marine in Viet Nam In surrealistic dream sequences, Hasford examines what it means to be a lifer, poge, or grunt through strange interactions between Joker and what can only be described as a vampire who is also a colonel in the United States Marine Corp Great metaphor, strange yet incredible storytelling There is also a scene when Joker gets knocked off his feet from an explosion and his body splits in to three parts mind, body, and spirit The mind and body want Joker to heal, but the Spirit only wants to leave Viet Nam, seek some other realm I wish I could give you detail, but that would only ruin an extraordinary reading experience By the time the book gets to the third part, Joker is only a skin suit He no longer resembles himself He has become a Short Timer, a person that only has x amount of days and a wake up He has become paranoid, worried about self preservation In essence, he has become an animal And that is the message Hasford successfully conveys War is ugly War is harsh War is cruel War has no survivors And as Plato so succinctly stated Only the dead have seen the end of war, to which I have to agree For the living must carry that burden with them for the rest of their lives.HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION


  2. says:

    Written by Gustav Hasford on his real life experiences being a U.S Marine in Vietnam Trained as brutal killers grunts Then the story goes to Vietnam horrors, snipers their death..A short read under 200 pages.You can read how the war survival scenes from the book are used in The Full Metal Jacket movie YouTube trailer movie rated R


  3. says:

    Felt like I lived this book instead of reading it Experienced it rather than scooted my eyes across some digital letters Each character was a living breathing being sprung from the whirlpool imagination of author Gus Hasford As much a character, too, is the bullet shredded landscape of Vietnam itself In some scenes the scenery almost comes alive and fights against both VC and American soldiers alike The brutal events are part of a fictionalized account of a war that was stranger than fiction I can only hope that writing about it relieved a tiny measure of the strain it must ve exacted on his, and his fellow Marines , psyche This, along with Johnny Got His Gun, should be required reading for our elected officials before sending young people to war.


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    Although, at this writing, hardcover copies of this out of print book sell for over 200 and paperbacks over 47 on , this excellent violent short novel is also available for free download, but acquiring it is a little tricky It is on the official web site of the late author in three parts in Hypertext Markup Language.html formathere and in Rich Text Format.rtf here If the site is unavailable, an old copy of the site is available at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine here After downloading the.rtf file, I used the Send to Kindle by E Mail function Put the word format without quotation marks in the subject line The resulting display is good, with only a few misformatted words, or maybe misspellings from the original Also, sometimes the paragraphs are a little jagged, but this seems appropriate somehow for the subject matter On the basis of the Wikipedia article, outdated website, and slightly less outdated blog, it seems like author Gustav Hasford was one difficult cuss to start, and then serving in Vietnam probably did not improve his disposition any It had that effect on many people He quarreled frequently, drank continuously, and stole library books compulsively.He had a way with words Humping in the rain forest is like climbing a stairway of shit in an enormous green room constructed by ogres for the confinement of monster plants He understood that, or less by accident, he was present at an important moment in history He tried to capture it in fiction The reality was full of pointless bravery and senseless brutality so is the novel A lot of people who were there seem to think that it captured the way it was I wasn t there, but I believe them Don t read it if your world is difficult enough already Read it to know and understand a little about a time that is in some ways long gone but in others is still very much with us.


  5. says:

    Full Metal Jacket, ahead and all the way.


  6. says:

    While I found the book itself to be a nice, compelling read and fairly short to boot the author s super terse, super clipped style began to grate on me after a hearty measure of unbroken jargon, especially when all the best bits of dialogue were used in Kubrick s incredible adaptation It s easy to see why Kubrick s version was loosely based on the novel the book has none of the scope of classics of the genre like Naked And The Dead, and bits of absurdity made the authentic feel of the book seem a bit forced, something Kubrick dealt with my breaking out a big trimming knife and amalgamating the best parts of the book into a coherent format On the whole, however, not too bad And, also, bonus points for being available online to read.


  7. says:

    An amazing first novel Did Hasford have a career Is he still alive Don t know Have you seen the Kubrick movie, Full Metal Jacket Here it is, before it was a script Kubrick hardly changed a line This is almost the Catch 22 of Vietnam Better in some ways, as the absurdity of war stays within realistic lines here, while Heller wanders into slapstick.


  8. says:

    good short story that was the basis for full metal jacket it was let down by a mediocre middle and also by spelling mistakes may have been my copy all in all a good vietnam war story.


  9. says:

    I had to read this novel after I watched Stanley Kubrik s movie Full Metal Jacket, with Matthew Modine as Private Joker the narrator The novel is quite different from the movie but equally sharp and still a powerful heartbreaker I strongly recommend it to all as source of historical context and study of human barbaric behaviour, except for extremely sensitive people, folks who have already been on a war or had a painful experience at the Army because the narrative contains several possible traumatic triggers for these issues.


  10. says:

    A fabulous narration about war, by Hasford who was personally involved in Vietnam for a while The Stanley Kubrick verses of the book is another perspective of the circumstances, I believe .


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