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  • ISBN 0718113152
  • ISBN13 978-0718113155
  • Language English
  • Author Robert Roth
  • Publisher Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition edition (February 17, 1975)
  • Pages 508
  • Formats doc lrf mbr lrf
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1922 kb
  • Size Fb2 1777 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 547

The eBook edition and the Periphery Press "Trade Edition" (large 6"x9" format, superior quality) of Sand in the Wind are, at present, the only corrected and authorized editions available."...an extraordinary tribute to the GIs who, as [Roth] did, served inVietnam...powerful without being overbearing and moving without beingmawkish....Nowhere else in the reams and reams I have read (and written) about the Indochina war...have I seen our troops so well portrayed andexplained"        -The Washington Post"Sand in the Wind couldbecome the major novel of the conflict....Nothing is contrived in thisnovel...[and] the...problems facing the... American soldier...aretreated with perception and insight."        -Library Journal"Simplicity, intuitiveness, and naked truth are the reader's companions....The bookis a must for all Marine leaders."        -Leatherneck"The fewnovels that have appeared have been so biased as to be either unfairindictments of the war itself or glorified tales of warriors runningthrough the jungles. With...Sand in the Wind, the drought refreshinglyis broken."    -Air Force Times"...Roth is a fine writer with areal talent for narrative, for creating character, for dialogue and afevered humor which lends conviction to episodes of otherwise incredible horror."    -Commonweal"Sand In The Wind stands virtually in aclass by itself for sheer power, uncompromising realism, and staggeringimpact. The reader is brought face to face with the ferocity andconfusion of ground fighting....This book is a must on your readinglist."    -Charleston S.C. News And Courier"...gives voice to the men who fought and suffered in the Vietnam War."        -The Honolulu Star Bulletin"...an accurate, vivid, sometimes all too real account of...Marine combatinfantryman in Vietnam...fascinating...the most accurate writtendescription yet to have come out of the conflict..."        -TheMilwaukee Bugle American"Sand in the Wind may just become theAll Quiet on the Western Front or The Naked and the Dead of the Vietnamconflict....[T]he author's ear for dialogue, his eye for detail and hisfaculty for descriptive incident offer an account of men at war thatwould be just as credible if...published as [a]nonfictional...journal."    -King Features Syndicate"Rothdemonstrates in "Sand in the Wind" that a gifted writer can make [you]believe. His novel is vividly realistic."        -The Sun"...unforgettable....It's all there, told with an honesty and directness that could only come out of the diary of mud-slogging...rifleman."    -The Fresno Bee"This giant of a novel about men at war is one of sheer power, uncompromising realism and staggering impact."        -The Abiline Reporter-News"Sand in the Wind is a superb novel...a book that commands our heart."        -The Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C."...a blistering, gut-busting giant among the war novels of our time."        -Genesis"...Sand in the Wind is the best of lot by a long shot."    -The Indianapolis News

Set in mid '67 through to '68, Sand in the Wind is a fictitious Vietnam War novel that takes place around Da Nang, Liberty Bridge, An Hoa and the infamous Arizona Territory in I Corps, South Vietnam.

Set in mid '67 through to '68, Sand in the Wind is a fictitious Vietnam War novel that takes place around Da Nang, Liberty Bridge, An Hoa and the infamous Arizona Territory in I Corps, South Vietnam. Roth is a Marine veteran from this time and this story reflects his own experiences in that war. The book sits among the ranks of other classics such as Fields of Fire (set in the same area, a year later), Matterhorn, The Short Timers, The Things They Carried etc.

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Sand in the wind book. Sand in the Wind focuses on two intelligent young men, civilians turned fighting men, who have enlisted for reasons satisfactory to themselves. Sand in the Wind gives an unforgettable voice to the men who fought and suffered in the Vi This book has come to me highly recommended.

Da Nang, July, 1967 1. Da Nang, July, 1967 The two groups of men studied each other - one group in a fenced-off area, the other passing by it.

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Sand in the Wind is an accurate, vivid, all too real novel about thirteen months in the lives of a handful of men-and two in particular-who find themselves caught up in a senseless war they don't understand and can't really win. Pitted against an invisible and sadistic enemy, Lieutenant Kramer and Corporal Chalice are confronted by their own fears, confusion, and uncertainty as they fight not only to stay alive, but to stay human.

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Home Roth, Robert Sand in the Wind. Stock Image Roth is a fine writer with a real talent for narrative, for creating character, for dialogue and a fevered humor which lends conviction to episodes of otherwise incredible horror. ISBN 10: 0316757659, ISBN 13: 9780316757652 Roth is a fine writer with a real talent for narrative, for creating character, for dialogue and a fevered humor which lends conviction to episodes of otherwise incredible horror. Sand In The Wind stands virtually in a class by itself for sheer power, uncompromising realism, and staggering impact. This book is a must on your reading list.

The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson. One of the first books of poetry I ever read was A Child's Garden of Verses, from which this poem came. I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky And all around I heard you pass. I felt you push, I heard you call, I could not see yourself at all- O wind, a-blowing all day long, O wind, that sings so loud a song! O you that are so strong and cold, O blower, are you young or old? Are you a beast of field and tree, Or just a stronger child than me? O wind, a-blowing all day long, O wind, that sings so loud a song! Robert Louis Stevenson. Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson : 194, 239. prev.

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Camper
Let me preface this by saying that Roth's writing is far from perfect and will take some getting used to. Occasionally his descriptions barely make sense and leave you needing more detail and information. His grammar and spelling is often off as well. However you will quickly look past all of this as Roth settles into a writing style that begins to flow very well. You'll find it extremely difficult to put this one down and may even end up reading it in one sitting.

Set in mid '67 through to '68, Sand in the Wind is a fictitious Vietnam War novel that takes place around Da Nang, Liberty Bridge, An Hoa and the infamous Arizona Territory in I Corps, South Vietnam. Roth is a Marine veteran from this time and this story reflects his own experiences in that war.
The book sits among the ranks of other classics such as Fields of Fire (set in the same area, a year later), Matterhorn, The Short Timers, The Things They Carried etc.
And while objectively speaking, Sand in the Wind is probably the weakest of these greats, it's incredible in its own right and is a favourite of mine.

The book deals with a large cast of likeable and hate-able characters that are all wholly believable.
Along with their friends and foes, Sand in the Wind primarily centers around an anti-war college graduate, an enlisted man, Chalice, and his platoon leader, a sensible and relate-able second lieutenant, Kramer. You'll end up feeling like you are a part of these men and known them intimately. You'll feel for them and root for them, not wanting to see any of them come to harm and praying for their safe return back to the world. You'll follow them through rear area base camps, through muddy rice paddies and booby trap riddled treelines. And you'll be with 100% them all the way.

Sand in the Wind is one of the great adventure books written in the 20th century, it's funny and devastating, romantic and chilling. I'd recommend it to almost anyone, particularly those interested in Vietnam.
Now that it's available on Kindle, it's easier than ever to experience this story.

Lastly I'd like to address something.
I've seen multiple people accuse Gustav Hasford of plagiarizing this book.
People have brought up the section set in Parris Island and the Phantom Blooper/Blooker as reasons for this.
Let me set this straight, Hasford did not steal anything from this book except maybe one little irrelevant interaction in it (which I'll get to).
Hasford and Roth were both Marine recruits on Parris Island around the same time, during Vietnam. Parris Island is small and a lot of Marines from that time had a very similar experience on the Island.
I think Gus and Roth have both nailed it in different ways. The way DIs are represented in both books and the way the young recruits feel during their training period is quite accurate.
Both authors had a very similar experience and were writing from that experience.
And I think both Parris Island sections in each book are actually incredibly different when you break it down.
The other main issue people have is that there is a Phantom Blooker in Sand in the Wind and a Phantom Blooper (same thing) in Hasford's books.
Again, both men were Marines in I Corps at a similar time in the war.
The Phantom Blooper story was a real story that was passed around the Marines in I Corps during the war. It wasn't a character invented by Roth. Whether a real story or a myth, it detailed a caucasian Marine deserter that carried an M79 grenade launcher, a blooper, that would harrass Marine positions in the darkness and then vanish.
Hasford didn't steal this from Roth, he took it from his experience in the war, the same as Roth did.

Now something that I believe Hasford may have stolen from this book, is the joke in both novels where a Vietnamese prostitute refuses to sleep with a black Marine because he's "too boocoo".
This could even be marked as a coincidence though as I'm sure this was a joke among many Marines in the war.

Now that that's cleared up, I recommend that everyone with an interest in the war, the military or history in general give this one a go.
Gribandis
I read this book back in the late 60;'s or early 70's when it first came out. I liked it then. Re reading it, I liked it now. It was out of print for a while, and hard to find in used book stores. I'm glad it's available on Kindle now. In its own way, it is as good or better than Matterhorn--which was published to great acclaim a couple of years back. It's just that Robert Roth got to the heart of the Viet Nam War before Marlantes (author of Matterhorn) did.
Tygrarad
This book will leave you wishing it had not ended. The marines who are characters through the story will feel to you like some of your best friends ever. Their story is sad but also very believable. Many lessons of life and how they can be negotiated lay buried in the chapters. Read it especially if you grew up during the Vietnam War and were fortunate to be in school, married and / or a reservist.
Ceck
This is my second visit with Sand In The Wind. My first read was in paperback and while at Quantico. I read this the first time 20 years ago and the paperback handed to me had already Been read. A couple hundred times. This book is so compelling a read and so viscerally stark in Its portrayals of Paris Island and then living and dying in a Marine platoon....it had taken me over 20 years to open those pages again albeit in electronic form this time. I could feel the rains....smell the jungle decay and feel the "wait a minute vines"
As exhaustion gave ground to horror and numbing person loss.
An amazing book.
Taur
I first read this book as an 0331 Machinegunner Cpl while stationed with the 1st Bn 5th Marines Camp Pendleton in Nov 1983. This book is getting harder and harder to come by, all of my copies just seem to disappear-just like a lot of my 782 gear when I am around Marines! Once you start reading, very tough to put down. You get to know all the Marines in the book as the story follows Cpl Chalice, Forsythe, Childs, Tony 5, and many other Marines from life as civilians, through boot camp (by far some of the most honest, funny and accurate writing of Marine Corps boot camp), and finally Vietnam. Do they all make back to "the world?" No. But you cannot believe who does and does not-that's all I will say. Just get it.
avanger
Outstanding book for those of us who were in country in the late sixties. And for those who would like to have some idea of the frustration and constant danger of those who were in the "bush". He touches on the morale breakdown which led to " fragging" of officers and top NCOs by disaffected enlisted members. Terrible. Vietnam has faded from memory for most but the author does a great job of bringing it back in focus.
Xig
30 years ago I read a book about the Vietnam war that had a Phantom Blooker, the Sandman, and a search in Hue for a woman. This is the book, found again after those many years. Very entertaining, if somewhat preachy at times. I am glad I found it again.

Edit: Anyone else note how much the first part of the movie "Full Metal Jacket" resembled chapter 4 of "Sand in the Wind", almost to the point of plagiarism? Also the glaring similarities in Gustav Hasford's Vietnam books which were published many years after "Sand in the Wind"? Not even one acknowledgement to Robert Roth.
I loved the story. The reality of it brought back memories. I really only have one gripe; lots of inaccuracies related to ranks and organization: For example referring to battalion sergeant majors to master sergeants and most grevious calling squads by letters instead of numbers.