THE SECOND TOUR
Terry P Rizzuti
|About the Author|
Terry P. Rizzuti was born in Oklahoma and spent his early youth in upstate New York. He joined the Marine Corps in 1966 and served a tour in Vietnam as a “grunt” during the years 1966 and 1967 assigned to the 26th Marine Regiment. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Rizzuti graduated with an English Literature degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1977, and then completed two years of graduate-level literature studies. He is a life member of The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Disabled American Veterans, and The Khe Sanh Veterans Association. He has been published by Spinetinglers Publishing, Greenwood Press and in the following on-line journals: War, Literature and the Arts; Eclectica; Unlikely Stories; and Octopus Beak. Currently, Rizzuti is a writer living in Estes Park, Colorado. The Second Tour, his first novel, was begun in 1984 and took more than twelve years to complete. Many of his other works can be found on AuthorsDen.com.
|Number of Pages||212|
|Purchase Info||Amazon.com; Spinetinglers.net; Barnes & Noble|
The Second Tour is an account of the Vietnam experience and post-war adjustment. The opening chapter attempts to disorient, to suddenly transport readers into the unfamiliar, much as raw recruits are dropped from helicopters into battle zones. The story is contemporary, experimental fiction, narrated through a series of associated flashbacks. Part 1 is called "Chaos." It recounts the narrator's early days in Vietnam, when he is trying to understand his involvement there. Part 2, "Survival," describes the middle months of the tour and the narrator's seemingly inescapable entrapment in a deterministic attitude. Part 3 is an elaboration of its title, "Paranoia Plus." It covers the final hundred days of the thirteen-month tour. Parts 2 and 3 expand upon and give fuller meaning to the events of Part 1. All parts are integrated through association with the experience of the narrator after he has returned from his tour in Vietnam. The Epilogue provides final, complete closure for both the story and the narrator.
The Second Tour is an extraordinary view of the Vietnam combat experience, the most contemporary literary account I've seen on the subject. The style is experimental, the subject matter contemporary and the overall presentation so close to actual truth it borders on memoir. Almost none of the Vietnam war literature I've read to date is experimental or contemporary. Most (not all) is billed as nonfiction, written from the intellect while rejecting the heart. The few good works of fiction I've seen all take a post- and/or pre-war focus, with a couple of exceptions. The Second Tour is more than simply a Vietnam War novel; it’s experimental fiction that explores contemporary themes of brotherhood, morality, religion and personal growth achieved in the face of tremendous adversity. I truly believe an extensive audience of Vietnam Veterans, medical researchers, professors of literature, history and military or political science, as well as the international community still awaits a well-written Vietnam War novel that simultaneously describes the horror of combat while demonstrating its life-long effect.
In summary, you will find that what I have written is a contemporary novel that works in both structure and content toward the reader's perception of the main character, a character illuminated through several layers of time collapsed in his attempt to comprehend his experience of the war and its effects. The point of view here is the novel if we agree that form is an aspect of characterization.
||See my press release and complete literary analysis of the novel in the articles section of my Author Webpage. Also, there is a Reader’s Guide provided at the back of the novel as an aid for reader’s group discussions.|
|Review by John Helman of allbooksreview.com||
As we remember the history of our lives there is a tendency to forget the individual as we consider the scope of the events, even those through which we have lived. The fictionalized story of Terry Rizzuti's service in Vietnam vividly brings to mind the idea that history is written and perceptions of it shaped by the observers of history rather than the participants. March along with Terry Rizzuti as he and his brethren in arms go through and experience the horrors of war as only the foot soldier can. It is he who truly knows war.
The episodes described in this book are honest and told with little judgment. The reader can feel the heat of the jungle and the dread of encountering a foe that is greatly unlike the enemy faced by the fathers of the men who fought in Vietnam. Only by reading this book can a person hope to share in the experiences of a Marine Rifleman and those who fought with him through patrols, booby traps, conflicts with superiors, and the loves and hates of men who are thrown together from all parts of the country and expected to accomplish a given mission.
This book is written in a style that some might find to be disconcerting. This should not discourage a reader. This is one of those rare books that only by completing it and contemplating it can the reader internalize it and make it one's own. If someone lived in or grew up through these turbulent times then the style might be strikingly reminiscent of Procul Harum's undeclared anthem of the 60's, `A whiter shade of Pale.' The parts of this story which encompass a year in the war and hints of the struggles to `fit in' after the return home bombard the reader with fragments of a quilt. And as a person minutely examines a quilt, then backs up and looks at the whole, the feel and aim of this book can only be appreciated with the perspective of reflection after closing the back cover after reading the words of that most American of all bugle calls, `Taps' which is the reassuring lullaby that means a soldier is at peace.
This book comes highly recommended from an author who has a degree in English Literature and has won several awards for writing and analysis of literature. It is well worth the time to read and savor and remember.
|Review by Ms N.P Dougan, author of Vrolok.||
This is clearly a question about which the author of The Second Tour, Terry P. Rizzuti, has thought long and hard. The results of his deliberation are found within the pages of his stunning debut novel, a work in which readers discover an intriguing and compellingly fresh answer.
The Second Tour tells the story of Vietnam in fragmented, non-sequential visions from the perspective of Rootie, a low-level marine. He describes how he and his friends survived, how they lived, and how they died--although not necessarily in that order. By also giving readers brief glimpses of his life after Vietnam, he allows them to see the tremendous impact that serving in Vietnam for just thirteen months has had on his life.
Despite his descriptions of the hardships of war, Rizzuti does not make any moral judgements about the men who fought in Vietnam. Rizzuti tells his story in a frank and subtle manner that prevents him from using the clichés to which so many authors of his genre resort. His matter-of-fact, conversational style often makes readers feel as if they have wandered into a bar where a Vietnam veteran is telling his story by recalling bits and pieces of what he remembers--maybe showing them the odd letter that he wrote home while Bob Dylan songs play on the jukebox.
Rizzuti's style of writing completely captivates and intrigues his audience. As his story jumps decades, often within the span of several paragraphs, readers are frequently uncertain from which location or year the narrator is speaking as they read the initial line of any section. Although this may sound confusing or complicated to some potential readers, at no time do readers become overwhelmed, or does the novel become overly convoluted. Because Rootie's flawlessly flowing narrative links all the events together, it is of no consequence that the events are narrated out of sequence; in fact, such a style of narration only adds to the enjoyment of this refreshing take on a subject that has been often explored.
In short, The Second Tour's honesty, sincerity, and authenticity makes it clear from the beginning that this novel could only have been written by someone who was actually in Vietnam. Although a work of fiction, The Second Tour is based on events few have experienced, providing a fascinating insight into war and the boys who eventually become men when they are sent to fight it.
The Second Tour is not only an electrifying read for fans of the genre, but also a fitting epitaph for those who lost their lives far away from home.
|Author Contact Information||
Terry P. Rizzuti, 1523 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, CO