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reader ç First Blood Kindle Edition ↠ johnscyclingdiary Á ★ First Blood PDF / Epub ✪ Author David Morrell – First came the man a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair Then came the legend as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place inFirst came the man a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair Then came the legend as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place in the American cultural landscape This His name was Rambo and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison Kentucky He had a long heavy beard and his hair was hanging down over his ears to his neck and he had his hand out trying to thumb a ride from a car that was stopped at the pump To see him there leaning on one hip a Coke bottle in his hand and a rolled up sleeping bag near his boots on the tar pavement you could never have guessed that on Tuesday a day later most of the police in Basalt County would be hunting him down I'm not a big fan of Silvester Stallone in fact I believe he's a hack but First Blood is arguably the best he ever did on the silver screen I only saw the film version once back in the late eighties when the videoplayers and small colour TV's were sprouting like mushrooms all over the country to fill in the gap left by increasing censure in official cinema houses Yet I remember the story 30 years later and that made me wonder where this enduring appeal comes from Turns out it is mostly the merit of the original story penned by David Morell at the tail end of the sixties a time when the American nation was torn apart by an unjust and inhumane war Watching the news on TV this debut author had a stroke of inspiration that turned into a cultural icon made me decide to write a novel in which the Vietnam War literally came home to America There hadn't been a war on American soil since the end of the Civil War in 1865 With America splitting apart because of Vietnam maybe it was time for a novel that dramatized the philosophical division in our society that shoved the brutality of the war right under our noses The major difference between the book and the movie is this very attitude towards violence Most viewers my own twenty something self included saw only the underdog Rambo fighting the system and kicking a in a spectacular way Yes this is part of the story but the themes run much deeper in the novel and Morell finds a way to paint in between the black white right wrong good guys bad guys easy assumptions Both Rambo and Sheriff Teasle have depth and nuance than the movie I remember Rambo is clearly dealing with a split personality and post traumatic shock this being one of the first novels to explore the condition in detail He has his pride and his anger yet he is not a blind killing machine and would have liked to be able to fit in if only the 'suares back home could look beyond his hippie appearance and engage him in a respectful mannerTeasle is the product of an older generation and of a precious war Korea one war when the Americans still could pretend to be the knights in white saving the world from anarchy and terror Teasle feels threatened by the new world order and by the younger generation with their protests their drugs long hair and free love He takes refuge in a conservative paternalistic worldview that will ultimately set him on a collision course with the drifter Rambo And let him do this to somebody else? Screw He has to be stopped What? That's not why you're doing this? Admit you wanted all this to happen You 'asked' for it – so you could show him what you knew surprise him when he found you were the wrong guy to try and handle You 'like' this I didn't ask for anything But damn right I like it That bastard is going to pay I found the level of explicit violence in the novel surpasses the movie version but it is not gratuitous it serves the declared purpose of making the horrors of war on distant shores real for the sheltered people back home A lesson that is sadly already forgotten in this third millenium when new warhawks seem only to eager to start new conflicts in Syria Korea or Iran—«»—«»—«»—

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Remarkable novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small town cop who doesn't know whom he's dealing with or how far Rambo will take him into a life and death struggle through the woods hills A classic I first read this novel in 1982 It was very exciting at the timeI was fourteen It's been probably a couple decades since I last read First Blood It's showing it's age a little now Still not a bad read but it's really nothing than a glorified chase story A product of it's time Make no mistake about it there were many folks in the early seventies who were nervous about the returning veterans Many truly believed that we were going to have warfare erupt on a large scale within the United States and the vets were going to be at the forefront I suppose it seemed inevitable The country was already experiencing social upheaval and violence thanks to the anti war movement and the civil rights movementNow the vets were returning home and they weren't being treated very well Americans knew this and they were worriedIt's almost as if they thought that John Rambo and his fictional counterparts were the retribution that they deserved Of course I'm probably being melodramatic First Blood wasn't even the first of the genre when it was published Already there had been at least two movies Welcome Home Soldier Boys 1971 and Targets1968 in which veterans were shown as being dangerous and very deadlyBut this book has survived and gone on to become a modern classicA few difference between the literary Rambo and the cinematic Rambo This Rambo isn't necessarily a nice man There isn't really anything heroic about him After all you don't look at a rifle and think that it's admirable do you? You might admire the skill that went into it's design and manufacturing and you might appreciate it's accuracy but ultimately it's just a tool That's how Rambo comes across to me He's dangerous and very effective but not heroicHe's no great loss The cops are assholes and get what they deserve as well So there are no tears shed for them either When it comes right down to it I found myself wondering what I was supposed to think about the characters and the plot Am I supposed to feel that the whole situation is just one giant screw up and throw my hands up in disgust? A thinly veiled analogy about the waste of war in general and the stupidity of the Vietnam War specifically? Wellperhaps It's a pretty fair chase story with some skillfully written action seuences A good strong debut novel by a young writer Morrell would go on to to write stronger novels but John Rambo is his creation and this is the book where Rambo first appeared Even at the age of forty two it's a good beach read Helps to be a little older though I believe many readers under thirty might find it boring andor unoriginal It definitely helps to be old enough to at least remember the aftermath of Vietnam I'll leave the rest of the deeper meaning stuff for you the reader to figure out

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First BloodAnd caves of rural KentuckyMillions saw the Rambo movies but those who haven't read the book that started it all are in for a surprise a critically acclaimed story of character action and compassi I think this is a must read for fans of the movie There are as many similarities as there are differences but I enjoyed both eually I loved the movie when I was 10 I need to watch it again to see how it has held up all these yearsFantastic read Goes on the favorites shelf