Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam

Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam

David Rabe / Feb 19, 2020

Girl by the Road at Night A Novel of Vietnam Girl by the Road at Night A Novel of Vietnam

  • Title: Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam
  • Author: David Rabe
  • ISBN: 9781439163337
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Girl by the Road at Night A Novel of Vietnam

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    1. A most curious and interesting tale in that it centers on the most granular details of moments that American soldiers experienced in the Vietnam War. Raw and crude at times, but I bet this is as close as a reader will get to a accurate depiction of how it felt to be a soldier in a conflict with so many more questions than answers. The story also stays close to an undergirding theme of facing “the possibility of death” as an ordinary, yet haunting daily lived experience. This novel packs a pu [...]



    2. Classic. Brutal, tough, agonizing and painful. “Girl by the Road at Night” is unflinching. Some novels get under your skin and this one did for me. It’s about the ache in the heart of Pfc. Joseph Whitaker, it’s about the ache for humanity amid war and it’s about soldiers numbing themselves to reality. It’s also a sort-of love story between Whitaker and a Vietnamese prostitute. Heard it before? In the hands of David Rabe, it’s all feels new. There is nothing routine about the detail [...]


    3. American soldier Joe Whitaker has just received orders that he will be deployed to Vietnam soon. He decides to spend his last night in America looking for booze, drugs and a woman who will make him relax in “Girl By the Road at Night.” A story less about the Vietnam war itself than about the way the American GIs and the Vietnamese prostitutes interact, this pretends to be a love story, while in fact it is really about two lost souls who are looking for someone to console if not save them. W [...]


    4. I was terrified! From somewhere deep inside, there was a presence, a deep-rooted sense that my ultimate fate would be to die in a rice paddy -- if I went to Viet Nam. My family and my community had instilled an equally deep sense of patriotism in my psyche. My father was a World War II survivor. My sister's father died in the Philippine Islands in the same war. My size and lack of street smarts left me out of the "survivor" category and more towards the "victim" role. My birthday came up at numb [...]


    5. "Girl by the Road at Night" takes place during the Vietnam War. PFC Joe Whitaker has just received his orders to deploy to Vietnam. He spends his last days in the States attending an anti-war rally in Washington. Although not exactly thrilled with his new orders, Joe finds himself wanting only to drink the night away and spending it with willing women.Across the ocean in Vietnam, Quach Ngoc Lan, is plying her trade as a prostitute. Lan has found this is the only way she can survive and keep her [...]


    6. or "Boy who likes to have sex with anyone at anytime including the Girl by the Road at Night." Rabe artfully crafts a story that likely existed many times over and over during the Vietnam war. A relationship between a GI and a prostitute. I liked having the war was a backdrop and not a focal point, so you don't read about killing or fighting but about a soldier and his seemingly mundane existence and his confusion. It was not confusion about the war but of his own place and life in between momen [...]


    7. This marks the first time I've given a 1-star rating since starting this book blog. David Rabe primarily writes plays about Vietnam, but has begun branching out into novels. I picked this book up at the library. The reviews both on the book jacket and online were stellar. I read the first 25 pages or so and could not muster any sympathy for or interest in the characters. The chapters alternate between an American GI and a Vietnamese prostitute, who eventually end up becoming entangled. It's writ [...]


    8. Bookseller: EricI was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and did my alternative service bit. Taught some poor kids, emptied some bed pans at a V.A. hospital.So, big deal, right? But you know, the war, the the friends who got killed and the memory of that crazy time haunts me still.Award-winning playwright, novelist, Berkshire neighbor and friend of The Bookloft Dave Rabe got drafted and did his bit with a hospital group in Vietnam. Noe that was a big dealIn this brilliantly conceive [...]


    9. I'm torn about David Rabe's "Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam." The author takes a chance by telling the story in the present tense and succeeds, although I will admit that the choice in tense and the "Consider this" style made me want to put down the book a few pages into it. But, as compelling as the narrative style is, it cannot make up for the fact that the characters aren't very likeable nor do they really change for the better, or even for the worse, as the book progressed. It [...]


    10. Once again the compromised Asian girl is metaphor for how America screwed Vietnam and left. The American soldier Whitaker, whose most dangerous duty is riding shotgun on runs to the dump, crosses paths with the prostitute Lan, with disastrous consequences. Whitaker, like most soldiers who served in Vietnam, never sees combat. He is bored, undirected, and wondering what he is doing there. Lan, like Vietnam, plays host to lonely soldiers just to make a buck and get along. The two cultures slide by [...]


    11. Interesting but predictable. I wanted to like the story more than I did (loved Matterhorn). I couldn't quite get attached to the two main characters, Whitaker and Lan. Nice descriptions of the environment and settings, but the foreshadowing of the uncle wanting a photo of Lan was too obvious. Also, despite my close association with the military during the Vietnam era, I never clearly understood the difference between 'numba ten' and 'numba one', as Lan uses these terms, is ten bad and one good? [...]


    12. Given the rave reviews I the New York Times, I wanted to like this book much more than Iactually did. It is the story of an American soldier and a Vietnamese prostitute set against the background of the Vietnam War. It's a sparse book that uses prose effectively to establish characters and the environment. It really does well in conveying a sense of helplessness and frustration and melancholy through the book. However, it would have probably worked more effectively as a short story than as a nov [...]


    13. I don't think I've ever given a book one star before, but I hated this one. The horrible Pidgin English used throughout made me keep stopping and reading it over and over to figure out what was meant, and started feeling rather racist after a while. If it wasn't for the fact that it's such a short (~250 pages) book, I would have stopped reading it pretty quickly. No redeeming qualities - terrible story, no real plot, just a waste of time.


    14. Rabe's writing is amazing and this book is a definite page-turner. But I feel like there wasn't much to it. The characters are interesting but they don't do much and i think the story could have taken place anywhere and anytime - it didn't really make much of a statement about vietnam. Maybe would have made a better short story than a novel.


    15. This is about a guy who goes to Vietnam and a prostitute. I picked tis up at the library. It's written more like a play, which the author is known for. That wouldn't be a problem if it had something to say, unfortunately it lacked substance.


    16. As far as first impressions are concerned, Rabe's day job as a playwright serves this little story well--his economy of language was by far its best quality; in fact, his talent for finding each characters voice quickly was, at times, very uncomfortable. Yet, incredible.


    17. Terrifying read. The Vietnam War experienced through the eyes of a US soldier and a Vietnamese prostitute. Very raw, written by a playwright. Not a lot of exposition, mostly action and dialogue. Unnerving, if you're into that. I was.


    18. Very well written, if sparse, tale of a GI and Vietnamese prostitute.The story gives a good feel for life outside of the fighting, but given theshort format I didn't develop a strong association with the characters. Nota happy read, but worthwhile.


    19. Different from my usual reads, but a very good work of fiction set in Vietnam about a young soldier embarking on a tour of duty and the Vietnamese prostitute he meets in country.



    20. bleak Caucasian viewpoint of Vietnam War tableau with prostitute and disenchanted soldier; I don't like the way non-Vietnamese people write about Vietnamese people and ruin our language


    21. A novel of displacement and disconnection, reality and unreality blurring in a dreamlike or alcoholic fog. Well done, but not exactly cheerful.


    22. The more I think about this book the more I dislike it. I don't like books where the author has such contempt for his characters.


    23. I love novels about the Vietnam War, but wasn't so impressed with this one. Somewhat surprising that it made it onto so many Best of 2010 lists




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