It seemed that nothing, absolutely nothing could stack up against the intensity of war and war's friendships. I felt only intensely empty."
Readers of Karl Marlantes's novel Matterhorn will recognize why war is so compelling for Marlantes, as well as why life after war seems so empty. For in spite of the brutality depicted in the novel, the reader cannot but become mesmerized by the beauty of battle that Marlantes so graphically describes. At times I had to force myself to stop reading Matterhorn because I was enthralled by the sheer horror in his account of the Vietnam War.