The innocent

Taylor, Robert

Published by Fithian Press, 1998
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Synopsis: Captain Matthew Fairchild has his eyes opened to his own sexuality as well as to the people and country of Vietnam and U.S. military involvement there, during his tour of duty as a desk officer in the 1970s--especially when he observes a Calley-like village massacre and learns that the Army has tortured his Vietnamese boyfriend into telling of their affair.

From the Publisher: DARING FIRST NOVEL EXPLORES THE WOUNDS OF WAR
The Vietnam experience of a gay American officer:

"If there is another fiction quite like it in subject matter and straightforward, unembellished manner of telling, I do not know of it." --Doris Grumbach, from the Foreword

So much has already been written about the Vietnam War--both fiction and nonfiction, by authors ranging from former grunts to former Cabinet members--that it comes as a surprise that the subject hasn't already been covered from every possible angle. It comes as another surprise to realize, with all the attention currently being spent on the issue of gays in the military, how little fiction has dealt with gays in the American forces in Vietnam.

The Innocent, by first novelist Robert Taylor, deals exactly with this issue. It is a significant contribution to the literature of the Vietnam War and to the more general field of gay literary history. It is a bold book, an American-Vietnamese homosexual love story that challenges the notions most Americans (including the novel's protagonist) hold dear about what's fair in love and war.

Captain Matthew Fairchild is a desk officer in Saigon. A good soldier and a loyal American, he believes he is protecting the world from the threat of Communism. During the course of this tense, tender novel, Matthew has his eyes opened to his homosexuality, the dark side of America's presence in Southeast Asia, and the horrors of war, which climax with the massacre of an entire Vietnamese village. The Innocent is about a young man finding out for sure exactly who he is and what that entails in terms of pleasure and responsibility, crime and conscience.

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Title: The innocent
Publisher: Fithian Press
Publication Date: 1998
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