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A book that leaves me shaking and crying is rare. Update 11 April 2019 reread this novel for the second time in less than a year It still stands apart, a strong rendering of a very personalized look at the wars in Southeast Asia during the Sixties and Seventies Imaginative, this book about a quest to discover the fate of Mike Langford, an Australian journalist who has disappeared into Cambodia after the fall of the country to the Khmer Rouge in 1975 Told through multiple points of view, Highways to a War operates a bit lik Update 11 April 2019 reread this novel for the second time in less than a year It still stands apart, a strong rendering of a very personalized look at the wars in Southeast Asia during the Sixties and Seventies Imaginative, this book about a quest to discover the fate of Mike Langford, an Australian journalist who has disappeared into Cambodia after the fall of the country to the Khmer Rouge in 1975 Told through multiple points of view, Highways to a War operates a bit like a literary version of Citizen Kane Beginning with Langford s childhood friend, Ray Barton, who has been tasked with tracking down Langford s whereabouts, you discover the boy behind the man in the harsh farmlands of Tasmania The loss of a family and an early love serve as Langford s Rosebud, the tangible childhood memory that gave insight into Charles Foster Kane s obsession to control people and possess things.Yet Langford is someone who possesses virtually nothing materialistically and who devotes himself to idealistic causes often dismissed by other Western journalists and officials, from the down and out Singaporeans living and working on the city s wharves to the dismissed and unseen soldiers of the South Vietnamese army Later, he takes up the cause of the Free Cambodian remnants who once backed Lon Nol but who become exiled to the fringes of the Thai Cambodian border after the Khmer Rouge take over the country and institute a reign of terror All the while, he has fallen for the seductions of a Vietnamese dragon lady at one point and a revenge minded Cambodian patriot who has lost her father to the Khmer Rouge a little while later.The book is masterful at weaving the wars in Indochina into its landscape And it has an epic feel to it, going from Tasmania to Singapore in the early 1960s, then to Saigon in 1965, Bangkok in 1976, and then back to Phnom Penh in 1973 But the reader will need to be somewhat familiar with the details and history of that time, for some of it is taken for granted even though the novel was published in 1995 And this may be why the book has remained relatively obscure, unlike Koch s best known work, The Year of Living Dangrously, which also dealt with roughly the same time period in afocused manner Highways to a War was written for the generation that lived and knew the Vietnam War and the Cambodian genocide Being a work of the mid 1990s, its readership was being replaced by a younger generation or a society that had turned its back on the turmoil of Southeast Asia in the 1960s 1970s and focused on the good times of the 1990s Koch s novel was caught between then and right before the beginning of the terror wars of the twenty first century.It s a pity Because this novel is superior in almost every way to other works on the wars in Southeast Asia Its formal exploration of Langford from the differing perspectives of his closest friends, however, never leaves us with a full picture of the man We see him from the view of his childhood best friend, his two fellow cameramen, and a close reporter friend We even see him from his own confidences recorded into a tape recorder instead of a written diary But there is still a mystery to him at the end Why Maybe because we never actually encounter Langford directly And maybe because despite all the revelations about him, his ultimate motivations remain repressed in his own thoughts and memories Much like Charles Foster Kane Based upon the life of Australian cameraman and war correspondent Neil Davis, who was killed during a Bangkok coup attempt in 1985 Extremely well written book that comes closest to evoking the sensuous magic of Southeast Asia as any book I have read in recent months It also captures the lure of danger and promise of adventure that drew war correspondents to the area throughout the Vietnam War.The author is Christopher j Koch, the guy who wrote The Year of Living Dangerously, which became a movie with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver about reporting in Indonesia.Highways to a War centers on a swashbuckling Australian War Extremely well written book that comes closest to evoking the sensuous magic of Southeast Asia as any book I have read in recent months It also captures the lure of danger and promise of adventure that drew war correspondents to the area throughout the Vietnam War.The author is Christopher j Koch, the guy who wrote The Year of Living Dangerously, which became a movie with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver about reporting in Indonesia.Highways to a War centers on a swashbuckling Australian War Photographer and his journeys through the Vietnam era, which end with his disapearance in Cambodia after the fall of Phnom Penh It s told in the voice of a an Australian lawyer who attempts to reconstruct the career of the photographer, a childhood friend, and solve the mystery of his fate.Part thriller, part mystery, part adventure story, part historical fiction, this is a bitchin read I definately enjoyed it.It starts a bit slow, vividly describing a childhood in Tasmania Cinematic desciption plodding narrative.But then it takes off.The author explores the seduction of danger in combat, and what it was like in Saigon and out in the field during the Vietnam War Lots of good yarns here Then he moves on to Cambodia painting an almost idyllic picture of the country as it was sucked into the war, and the sinister Khmer Rouge tightened their grip around the capital All the while, Koch populates the book with the kinds of interesting characters you d only find in a war zone bar, and weaves a narrative that I, as a journalist, found fascinating fire fights, captured journalists, forced jungle marches, the Ho Chi Minh trail in all it s glory.This is a good one 3 1 2 stars Too much detail of the battles fought, for my taste, even though they are well written and YES it is a war novel However, such realism, rhythm and well paced writing, it was really enjoyable. This is the third of the late Christopher Koch s novels I ve now read, and he is fast becoming one of my favourite authors Highways to a War covers similar ground to The Year of Living Dangerously , both being fictional examinations of recent political situations in South East Asia, seen through the eyes of foreign correspondents and photographers, but for me this was even better than the earlier book A superb examination of what leads a person or a country to war, of what makes someone w This is the third of the late Christopher Koch s novels I ve now read, and he is fast becoming one of my favourite authors Highways to a War covers similar ground to The Year of Living Dangerously , both being fictional examinations of recent political situations in South East Asia, seen through the eyes of foreign correspondents and photographers, but for me this was even better than the earlier book A superb examination of what leads a person or a country to war, of what makes someone willing to risk their life for a cause, and the very human need to freeze and capture moments of time Mike Langford, the Tasmanian war photographer who at the start of the novel has gone missing in Khmer Rouge Cambodia, is a fascinating and complex character seemingly a gilded knight like figure who acquires the status of legend amongst his peers, he is also somewhat haunted, endlessly seeking to belong The Vietnam and Cambodia of the 1960s and 70s is vividly realised and Koch s presentation of the political situation is as balanced as that presented by his impartial journalist characters A masterful novel This an excellent novel by a venerable Australian author, Christopher Koch, probably best known for his novel set in Jakarta in 1965, The Year of Living Dangerously, filmed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver In Highways to a War, Koch returns to South East Asia, and the great conflagration which engulfed Indochina between 1965 1975 The hero of the story is Mike Langford, a Tasmanian like the author himself who travels to South East Asia in 1965 to make his name as a n This an excellent novel by a venerable Australian author, Christopher Koch, probably best known for his novel set in Jakarta in 1965, The Year of Living Dangerously, filmed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver In Highways to a War, Koch returns to South East Asia, and the great conflagration which engulfed Indochina between 1965 1975 The hero of the story is Mike Langford, a Tasmanian like the author himself who travels to South East Asia in 1965 to make his name as a news cameraman In Singapore, he is assigned to cover the commencement of the American buildup in South Vietnam Anyone familiar with the non fiction book Despatches by Michael Herr will recognise the mileu of the Saigon press corps to which he becomes attached Langford is I think loosely based on the legendary Australian war correspondent Damien Parer, but his story and ultimate fate parallels that of Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, who went missing in Cambodia in 1970 and were reportedly executed by the Khmer Rouge in 1971 Apart from some set pieces in Tasmania, Singapore, and South Vietnam which develop character and story, the bulk of the action takes place in Cambodia in 1973 The Khmer Rouge have surrounded Phnom Penh in an ever decreasing circle, and despite concentrated bombing by United States B 52s the prognosis for the situation is grim I won t give away what happens but suffice to say this is a gripping read in the tradition of Grahame Greene, and is a very welcome addition to the canon of literature regarding the war in Vietnam and it s Cambodian overspill This is the one of the best novels based on the Vietnam War and the war in Cambodia that I have read It s written as an account of the life of a fictional war photojournalist, Mike Langford, an Aussie hops yes, the grain used to brew beer farm boy, who disappears inside Cambodia It provides a fascinating account of political issues, the life of a war correspondence, the hazards of covering military conflicts from the front lines I especially appreciate the respectful and loving treatment of This is the one of the best novels based on the Vietnam War and the war in Cambodia that I have read It s written as an account of the life of a fictional war photojournalist, Mike Langford, an Aussie hops yes, the grain used to brew beer farm boy, who disappears inside Cambodia It provides a fascinating account of political issues, the life of a war correspondence, the hazards of covering military conflicts from the front lines I especially appreciate the respectful and loving treatment of life in Vietnam and Cambodia and of the heroic qualities and courage of the Vietnamese and Cambodian peoples By the way, this is written with a politically balanced perspective and, through the dialog of Mike and his friends, covers all perspectives on our Vietnam experience His descriptions of Tasmania are sublime, his portrait of his main character and the events are riveting I immediately borrowed the biography of Neil Davies, on whom his main character is based One Crowded Hour by Tim Bowden which is also amazing. (FREE DOWNLOAD) ⚢ Highways to a War Þ In a riveting new novel of wartime Cambodia and Vietnam part thriller, part mystery, part heroic epic the author of The Year of Living Dangerously offers the story of a likeable, brave, but ultimately mysterious war photographer who has disappeared into the jungles of Cambodia Forgotten I had read this one Excellent Mine has a different cover It was this book that led me to Koch s writing His epic Out of Ireland is terrific highly recommended.