Saigon, Illinois

Saigon, Illinois

Paul Hoover / Dec 06, 2019
Saigon Illinois Jim Holder is a conscientious objector doing alternative service in a Chicago hospital in the late s and counting the bodies on TV in the hospital morgue and on Chicago s streets
  • Title: Saigon, Illinois
  • Author: Paul Hoover
  • ISBN: 9780394758497
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jim Holder is a conscientious objector doing alternative service in a Chicago hospital in the late 1960s and counting the bodies on TV, in the hospital morgue, and on Chicago s streets.
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    1. As an Advanced Practice Nurse, and having married into the Vietnamese culture, I thought I would have a vested interest in reading the book For the most part, that assumption was correct The clinical portions of the book are surprisingly accurate for the year written , but little is written about the war from the protagonist s viewpoint Although some criticize the main character for his hypocritical ways, I find his actions to be normal human behavior how many of us are always 100% committed to [...]


    2. Saigon, Illinois by Paul Hoover is no ordinary story It is the voice of a clear conscience and sanity in the sea of jingoism It was first published in 1988 by Vintage, and the latest edition is published by Open Road Media.Saigon, Illinois is the story of Jim Holder, who is in his twenties, and he is a young man who refused to be drafted for the war in Vietnam Instead, he volunteers to work at a government hospital in Chicago The draft board classified him as a conscientious objector, and he set [...]


    3. This book had a lot of heart A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War participates in alternative service at a Chicago Hospital The other characters are split into two groups, those that also work in the hospital and his hippie roommates Not really bound to a central plot, the story felt like a collection of short stories that are wrapped up together at the end.Even though Chicago isn t ever described in any vivid detail, the use of streets and locations did give it an authentic feel The [...]


    4. For an instant, I imagined my own corpse lying in bed, looking bucktoothed and stupid I could feel millions of microbes crawling over my skin, incessantly eating each other Everything in the world is constantly being buried by a fine layer of dust it even falls on your eyeballs as you lie in bed after sex.


    5. I don t know how I missed this book when it was published in the late 80 s This is about my people And my era Guys who left high school looking over their shoulder at the specter of Selective Service Hoover s hero is Holden, a guy from Indiana who gets Conscientious Objector status, and is sent to a hospital in Chicago for two years of alternative service There he finds death and craziness But probably not as much as he would have found in Saigon There are times the book made me laugh out loud L [...]


    6. This book was not what I expected at all, Hoover is sharp and witty and I enjoyed his writing style I did however expect Holder to be broken, like most great war novels, no one is immune, his spirit taken by the system that he rejected I sense the character Holder flirted with despair but kicked on, maybe he would have cracked had he been older and uncertain, his youthful anarchic persona kept him floating on the surface Hoover is clever cornering Holder in a Hospital where he faces the severit [...]


    7. I thought that by not going to Vietnam, I would have no contact with death, but every day I carried bodies to the morgue Sometimes on the el I felt I was choking to death Once a rock flew against the el car window where I was sitting and shattered the glass in a weblike pattern There were people out there who wanted to do me harm, even though they didn t know me This is a piece of Americana that is underexplored the life of a conscientious objector In 1968, Jim Holder tries to avoid the draft by [...]


    8. Saigon, Illinois tells the story of Jim Holder, a young 20 something year old who doesn t want to be drafted to Vietnam, so instead he works at a government hospital in Chicago I really liked the message the book had about war and what a country is like in a time of war, because for Jim he didn t want to be drafted to avoid death and dead people, but working in a hospital he had to take bodies to the morgue daily I didn t like the weird political undertones the book had mainly because I don t th [...]


    9. A great reminder of how nasty were the late 60s and early 70s I was just a year or two younger and i than the hero of this story and in Chicago too Hoover captured the moment It wasn t a good one.



    10. Sounds like a clich , but this is a great first novel The middle hospital portion of the book is full of stories that range from deathly serious to funny, sometimes in the same paragraph.


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