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Dreaming the Enemy

Dreaming the Enemy

by David Metzenthen
Paperback
Age range: 15 to 18 years old Publication Date: 23/03/2016

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Two young Vietnam War veterans who fought on opposing sides return home, struggling to recover from their experience. A moving story of trauma, resilience and the challenging road to recovery.

I am still moving despite the fact that this dreamed-up bastard Khan walks with me - no, he doesn't walk with me, he rises up to fire, has my life in his hands, my head in his sights, and that is the image of all images that I have somehow to lose.

Johnny Shoebridge has just returned from fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. He no longer carries a weapon - only photos of the dead and a dread of the living.

Pursued by a Viet Cong ghost-fighter called Khan, Johnny makes one last stand - knowing that if he cannot lay this spectre to rest, he will remain a prisoner of war for ever.

Drawing on courage, loyalty and love, Johnny tries to find a way back from the nightmare of war to a sense of hope for the future.

An elegant and deeply moving novel, set in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, by one of Australia's finest writers.

About the Author
David Metzenthen is a Melbourne writer who is married, has two children, and numerous pets. Both his father and grandfather served in the Australian Defence Forces, fostering David's great interest in the role Australians have played in armed conflict. The author's interests include fly-fishing, surfing small waves, and the greater environment.

ISBN:
9781760112257
9781760112257
Category:
Children's
Age range:
15 to 18 years old
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
23-03-2016
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Edition:
1st Edition
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
198x128x0mm
Weight:
0kg
David Metzenthen

David Metzenthen is a Melbourne boy. He was an advertising copywriter before turning to fiction, and a builder's labourer to support his first twenty years as a writer for young people.

David is a learner surfer, a keen fly fisherman, and a tree hugger from way back. He tries to write stories that will explain and entertain and be worthy of the reader's time. The natural world is where he likes to spend time, and he is a supporter of various environmental foundations.

He hopes to write the perfect book, knows it will never happen, but works in hope... David is married to Fiona and has two children, a dog, and a couple of parrots. He has travelled overseas but is inspired by this country and hopes always to feel that way.

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