Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character
An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
In this moving, dazzlingly creative book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A classic of war literature that has as much relevance as ever in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is a “transcendent literary adventure” (The New York Times) and “clearly one of the most original and most important scholarly works to have emerged from the Vietnam War” (Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried).
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - David.Alfred.Sarkies - LibraryThing
This is one of the toughest books that I have read to date and pretty much halfway through the chapter on grief I found that my brain had been reduced to slush. Now, I have never been to war and never ... Read full review
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A fascinating examination of the PTSD that affected the efforts of Homer's Odysseus to return home from the 10-year-long Trojan War, seen through the eyes of veterans of modern American conflicts ... Read full review
Betrayal of UWhats Right
Soldiers rageThe beginning
Achilles character before his psychological injuries
Combat is a condition of captivity and enslavement
Portrait of Patroklos
Guilt and Wrongful Substitution
B e r s e r k 7 7
Dishonoring the Enemy
50ldiers Luck and Gods Will
Reclaiming the Iliad s Gods as a Metaphor
Homeric irony and gods love
The official diagnostic criteria for PTSD of the American
Healing and Tragedy
War is not an industrial process
What Homer Left Out