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Highways to a War By Christopher J. Koch,

  • Title: Highways to a War
  • Author: Christopher J. Koch
  • ISBN: 9780140247572
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a riveting new novel of wartime Cambodia and Vietnam part thriller, part mystery, part heroic epic the author of The Year of Living Dangerously offers the story of a likeable, brave, but ultimately mysterious war photographer who has disappeared into the jungles of Cambodia.
    Highways to a War In a riveting new novel of wartime Cambodia and Vietnam part thriller part mystery part heroic epic the author of The Year of Living Dangerously offers the story of a likeable brave but ultimately

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    1. With the last leg of our travels taking us through the Indonchinese countries, I spied this book in Kuta and snatched it off the shelf The story as summarised on the back of the cover told of Mike Langford a photo journalist who became lost in 1970s Khmer Rouge occupied Cambodia, probably dead, and it was left to his friend Ray to find out and if appropriate execute Mike s will and distribute his belongings In the course of searching for Mike the reader finds thought Mike s own audio diaries and [...]

    2. 3 1 2 stars Too much detail of the battles fought, for my taste, even though they are well written and YES it is a war novel However, such realism, rhythm and well paced writing, it was really enjoyable.

    3. Extremely well written book that comes closest to evoking the sensuous magic of Southeast Asia as any book I have read in recent months It also captures the lure of danger and promise of adventure that drew war correspondents to the area throughout the Vietnam War.The author is Christopher j Koch, the guy who wrote The Year of Living Dangerously, which became a movie with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver about reporting in Indonesia.Highways to a War centers on a swashbuckling Australian War Phot [...]

    4. This an excellent novel by a venerable Australian author, Christopher Koch, probably best known for his novel set in Jakarta in 1965, The Year of Living Dangerously, filmed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver In Highways to a War, Koch returns to South East Asia, and the great conflagration which engulfed Indochina between 1965 1975 The hero of the story is Mike Langford, a Tasmanian like the author himself who travels to South East Asia in 1965 to make his name as a news [...]

    5. This is the third of the late Christopher Koch s novels I ve now read, and he is fast becoming one of my favourite authors Highways to a War covers similar ground to The Year of Living Dangerously , both being fictional examinations of recent political situations in South East Asia, seen through the eyes of foreign correspondents and photographers, but for me this was even better than the earlier book A superb examination of what leads a person or a country to war, of what makes someone willing [...]

    6. This is the one of the best novels based on the Vietnam War and the war in Cambodia that I have read It s written as an account of the life of a fictional war photojournalist, Mike Langford, an Aussie hops yes, the grain used to brew beer farm boy, who disappears inside Cambodia It provides a fascinating account of political issues, the life of a war correspondence, the hazards of covering military conflicts from the front lines I especially appreciate the respectful and loving treatment of life [...]

    7. His descriptions of Tasmania are sublime, his portrait of his main character and the events are riveting I immediately borrowed the biography of Neil Davies, on whom his main character is based One Crowded Hour by Tim Bowden which is also amazing.

    8. Forgotten I had read this one Excellent Mine has a different cover It was this book that led me to Koch s writing His epic Out of Ireland is terrific highly recommended.

    9. So it took me over a week to process this book It s brilliant and yet, while I say that, I can t help cringing at the way it s mired in a lot of sexist tropes The worst of which is spoilers when the main character engages in a romantic relationship with a disabled street kid he can t speak to due to a language barrier, and who may or may not be 18 That was so f ed up and upsetting to me that I almost put the book down and walked away and yes the author denounces the relationship through other ch [...]

    10. If you have travelled or wish to travel around parts of SE Asia and are interested in the turbulent history of that part of the world this could be a book for you.The main character, Mike Langford, seems to be based largely on the life of the Australian photographer Neil Davis and sees him involved in the Vietnam war or the American War if you happen to be Vietnamese and the turmoil of the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia.I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    11. I found this book exciting and beautiful The depiction of South East Asia in the 60s and 70s was fascinating Recent history that you think you are familiar with but still much to learn Well written characters, lots of tension and evocative descriptions of colonial cities and asian countryside A war novel but much than that If you have ever been to Vietnam or Cambodia or met someone from either country you should read it.

    12. I read this book whilst travelling in Vietnam and absolutely loved it It is the fictional account of a real life Australian wartime photographer during the Vietnam War and is so heart breaking at times, but also incredibly moving and interesting.

    13. This book gets it seems either rave reviews at 5 stars or 2 or 3 stars for disappointing From the famous Australia Author Christopher Koch of The Year of Living Dangerously fame it is loosely based novelization around the life of the Australian Combat photographer Neil Davis, his life captured as a biography in One Crowded Hour This is what creates the divergence in reviews Koch s connection is that he came from Tasmania and knew him Its interesting that this novelization was created as One Crow [...]

    14. I have a 50 page rule, where I ve given myself permission to abandon a book that doesn t grab me within 50 pages This book is making me think I need a two week rule.I ve abandoned this at page 128 I loved The Year of Living Dangerously and sought this out because I wanted to read something else by this author But it s justdull I pick it up, read a bit, set it down, then have no desire to pick it up again I force myself, read 75 pages at a go to see if I can get lost in it, set it down, still no [...]

    15. After hearing recently that Christopher Koch had passed away, I thought it would be fitting to re read my favourite Koch novel Highways to a War The slow start had me worried and I thought for a moment that it would be one of those books which get elevated to classic status by a nostalgic mind, but that actually fail the standards of a critical eye I shouldn t have worried by the time the story reached Vietnam I was utterly captivated by 60 s and 70 s South East Asia and the slowly unfolding tal [...]

    16. A study from university days when some of my research was on the manufacture of Agent Orange, and a family friend was a photo journalist who endured the Vietnam conflict in his own way, surviving the front line and living to tell stories through photography An old neighbour of ours was a veteran, heroically saving a chopper from danger, although both of these characters in our lives have played the last post The story is a good one, of glory and excitement and yes, adventure too, the dramas of c [...]

    17. On the final day of the Save the Children annual book fair a box of books will set you back 7 This is one out of my box, I picked it without reading the dust jacket thinking it looked like a memoir and interesting to boot.What a gem To this point, if everything I ve read or watched about Vietnam Cambodia was placed on a set of scales there would be an over representation of American military novels, movies etc On the other side and stuck up in the air was The Killing Fields , and now there is al [...]

    18. This was super depressing from the opening on I liked the descriptions of wartime in Southeast Asia super evocative , but even though the main characters were mostly likable and quite righteous, I had trouble keeping many of the secondary characters straight and I just didn t like the way so many of them were introduced but then went away without factoring in to the plot meh.

    19. This was the kind of book I used to dismiss as a man s book but I really enjoyed it I remember all the news reports on the Vietnam War when I was growing up it seemed to go on for ever and I never really understood much of what was going on This was a good introduction and I m now reading another Vietnam war book A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan.

    20. This book is a fictionalized, novelistic account of the life and death of the award winning Australian war photographer, Neil Brian Davis The book is fairly interseting in places, evocative though not nearly as taut as The Year of Living Dangerously I would have read the rest of it if I had nothing else to do, but I got somewhat bored and so decided to move on.

    21. A treasure of surfeit heroism and cowardice, supreme arrogance and humility, greed and giving away, corruption and the scary purity of fanaticism, love and indifference and I was going to say truth, but in this book about Vietnam and Cambodia during the sixties and their fall in the seventies , perhaps the only truth of this life is death.

    22. I thought this was a great story, I felt educated after reading it and am keen on finding the companion book The only complaint is about the clunky editing, it can be a bit confusing who is actually telling the story.

    23. Highways to a War is absolutely incredible This is now one of my favourite novels The world is so vivid and feels real The characters have so much depth This novel conveys the hopelessness and wonder of war, and it is gripping from beginning to the end.

    24. I am currently reading this book for a third time The war photographers in this story serve as inspiration for my documentary work Truly at The Heart of what was going on in both Vietnam and Cambodia 30 years ago.

    25. Absolute vividness and beautiful prose allowing the reader to be fully immersed in the forgotten history of both the Vietnam War and Cambodian Civil War.

    26. One of the best things I ve re read in awhile First read in 2004 in Australia and I still think this is one of the best writers from Australia to date.

    27. This won an Australian literary award in 1996 It deals with Vietnam and Cambodia It is the first in a two novel series It is very very good.

    28. I can t believe I enjoyed this book s pretty macho The narrative can be a bit annoying, but as someone who knew very little about war in Cambodia it was a good read.

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