Don't Mean Nothing by Susan Kramer O'Neill
Short Stories of Vietnam

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

In this debut fiction collection--the first by a nurse who served in Viet Nam--Susan O'Neill offers a glimpse into the war from a female perspective. These stories are about women, and men, who served in three combat hospitals in 1969 and 1970. They are interconnected, peopled by one-time "stars" and recurring characters, and they deal both with both the minutia of everyday life in wartime, and grander, more over-reaching themes--love and loss, faith and despair, morality, futility, military idiosyncrasy, magic, and the cost to the soul of a year in war's very particular hell. The stories are purely fictional, yet based loosely on the author's experiences, and they are laced as liberally with black humor as with pathos. 
 

About Susan Kramer O'Neill

See more books from this Author
 
Published March 1, 2001 by Serving House Books. 256 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Don't Mean Nothing

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In “Monkey on Our Backs,” a nurse puts out a contract on a small primate that almost stands for all that is ancient and sacred about Vietnam (the actual Vietnamese characters are little more than cliché furniture), and while the story threatens to become allegory, O’Neill cuts it off before it co...

| Read Full Review of Don't Mean Nothing: Short Sto...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

O'Neill presents a portrait gallery of nurses, soldiers, and natives, grouped into three sections reflecting the three hospitals where she worked.

| Read Full Review of Don't Mean Nothing: Short Sto...

Reader Rating for Don't Mean Nothing
92%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 30 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×