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Based on the author's experience in the Australian Army, The Odd Angry Shot is the seminal account of Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War: brief and bracing, tragic yet darkly funny.This classic Australian novel won Australia's National Book Council Award and became an iconic film....

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ISBN : 9780207142086
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 98 Pages
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The Odd Angry Shot Reviews

  • Mark Glidden
    2019-02-19 14:59

    An amazing little book. Uniquely Australian in its use of language, but also in its style. The book is written as though it's a war story being shared by a group of mates at the pub or around a barbie. It is also a very rare type of war novel due to it being neither pro-war, nor anti-war. Certainly, there are touches of both, but Nagle in no way tries to sermonise. It is simply a war story that paints a picture of a conflict through the eyes of soldiers living through it. It doesn't aspire to be an important piece of war literature, it'll never be revered like "All Quiet on the Western Front" or other cornerstones of the genre, but in 137 pages it paints a realistic "warts and all" picture of soldiers. They don't have any delusions of glory, heroic notions or political convictions to explain why they're fighting; they've been sent there to do a job, and that's all there is to it.In "The Odd Angry Shot", Australians can have our own perspective of soldiering and be damn proud of it.

  • Huw Evans
    2019-02-21 15:12

    Books on warfare written by soldiers (Nagle was in the Australian SAS)have a visceral feel to them that commentaries don't. He doesn't question why the Australians were in Viet Nam, they were just obeying their orders. He recalls the humour and boredom every bit as vividly as the action and the whole book is written in the verbal style that you would expect to hear in a RSL club. I found this book in Melbourne thirty years ago and it is one of my treasured possessions. If you ever coms across a copy, read it. Read it to remember that the Americans were not the only soldiers in Viet Nam, that the grunts had little idea of the grand plan and that they fought only to survive. A book that will leave you in tears of laughter and distress.

  • Big Pete
    2019-03-04 15:00

    A short, powerful book that follows a unit of Australian SAS soldiers in Vietnam. Honest, funny, and brilliant, it concentrates on the little picture of war.It was adapted into a terrific film starring John Jarratt and Bryan Brown, which is somewhat better known.

  • Text Publishing
    2019-02-25 08:52

    ‘Short, pithy and powerful.’Dominion Post‘This autobiographical novel stands the test of time, revealing human faces caught in a tragic chapter of Australian history.’SMH/Age/Canberra Times‘Evoking a time and place that can still provoke anger, here is a book long overdue for a reprint.’Launceston Examiner‘A savage and mordantly funny novel…Visceral and immediate, irreverent and agonised, the story pules with the plea to “remember…remember”…The narrative slams its way onwards, in brief, brutal, battering scenes like bursts of gunfire, unexpectedly modulating into moments of wistful hope…Nagle takes no prisoners, makes no excuses. It’s a story without sentiment, but packed with passion and compassion. Its damaged young men are the core of a shocking, sundering little book that punches far above its length.’Auckland Weekend Herald

  • Mark
    2019-02-27 11:58

    A little ripper of a book. A colloquial, funny, tragic and provocative reflection on the experiences of a group of Australian men serving in the Vietnam War. Years after the war ended, its interesting to reflect on the sentiments of those days and the way we've gradually evolved our view of them. I think this is an important book among Australian fiction because of its documentation of a significant era, mood and social challenging time in our modern history.

  • Sally
    2019-02-25 16:08

    A very powerful book. The language felt right and it felt like I was there feeling the boredom and frustration and hurt as it happened all told in a dinky di voice that's right for the era.

  • Deborah Sheldon
    2019-02-21 13:57

    A riveting, no-holds-barred view of the Australian experience in the Vietnam War. Recommended.

  • Kris McCracken
    2019-03-22 09:50

    Raw and honest, it's an interesting insight into the Australian experience of fighting in the Vietnam War. Equal parts brutal and moving. Highly recommended!