Falling Through the Earth

Falling Through the Earth By Danielle Trussoni, Falling Through the Earth One of the New York Times Book Review s Best Books of the YearFrom her charismatic father Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll outrun the police and never shy away from a fight Spendin
  • Title: Falling Through the Earth
  • Author: Danielle Trussoni
  • ISBN: 9780312426569
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Falling Through the Earth By Danielle Trussoni, One of the New York Times Book Review s 10 Best Books of the YearFrom her charismatic father, Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll, outrun the police, and never shy away from a fight Spending hour upon hour trailing him around the bars and honky tonks of La Crosse, Wisconsin, young Danielle grew up fascinated by stories of her dad s adventures as a tunnel rat inOne of the New York Times Book Review s 10 Best Books of the YearFrom her charismatic father, Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll, outrun the police, and never shy away from a fight Spending hour upon hour trailing him around the bars and honky tonks of La Crosse, Wisconsin, young Danielle grew up fascinated by stories of her dad s adventures as a tunnel rat in Vietnam, where he d risked his life crawling head first into narrow passageways to search for American POWs.A vivid and poignant portrait of a daughter s relationship with her father, this funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written memoir makes plain that the horror of war doesn t end in the trenches Vanity Fair.
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    1. Danielle Trussoni

      Danielle Trussoni is a bestselling memoirist and novelist, with books translated into over thirty languages.Her new book, forthcoming in September 2016, is THE FORTRESS, a memoir about the disintegration of her marriage in the South of France.Trussoni wrote the award winning memoir FALLING THROUGH THE EARTH 2006 about her relationship with her father It was chosen as one of the Best Ten Books of the Year by The New York Times.She then went on to write the NYT and Internationally bestselling novels ANGELOLOGY 2010 and ANGELOPOLIS 2013.

    122 thoughts on “Falling Through the Earth”

    1. This was a personal one for me My dad was in the Army and fought in Vietnam Met my mom there and brought us back to the States in 1972 No one knew about ptsd back when I was growing up My dad too had some erratic behavior and we just figured it was the war Great story

    2. My first impression was how this story chronicled a dozen coincidences with my own life After reflection, I realized her incredible insight actually captured how so many youth of the next generation are impacted by after effects of war In 1968, a future father serves as a tunnel rat in Viet Nam After he has several children, from multiple mothers, he passes remnants of war along to them all He s a hard drinker, hard worker, and has a hard time showing love Put in an often bleak Wisconsin landsca [...]

    3. NEW YORK TIMES BEST 10 BOOKS OF 2006NONFICTIONFALLING THROUGH THE EARTHA Memoir.By Danielle Trussoni Henry Holt Company, 23.This intense, at times searing memoir revisits the author s rough and tumble Wisconsin girlhood, spent on the wrong side of the tracks in the company of her father, a Vietnam vet who began his tour as a cocksure country boy but returned wild and haunted, unfit for family life and driven to extremes of philandering, alcoholism and violence Trussoni mixes these memories with [...]

    4. I enjoyed reading this memoir I have great interest in stories of Viet Nam and the soldiers that survived She told an interesting story of her life with a father who was traumatized by that war.

    5. Fine, sensitive writing A very good memoir I have read a lot about the Vietnam War, both fiction and nonfiction, but had never heard about the tunnel rats , so that was very interesting As at least one other reviewer commented, descriptions of those tunnels did nothing to cure my claustrophobia Trussoni did a wonderful job of not making her father a cartoon villain, but a real, fleshed out human being who definitely did some villainous things denying at least two children I wonder what THEIR sto [...]

    6. The New York Times named this book one of its Top Ten Books of 2006 Falling Through the Earth is the winner of the Michener Copernicus Society of America Award for 2005 06 The story is told by the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran and is about his experiences in Vietnam as a tunnel rat and how those experiences impacted him and her relationship with her dad Heartwarming, heartwrenching, and eyeopening An excellent read for those who really want to understand the impact of the Vietnam War on some [...]

    7. Set in Wisconsin which I always love Trussoni recounts her difficult relationship with her Vietnam War veteran father The book weaves together an account of Trussoni s own pilgrimage to Vietnam to understand what happened to her father, as well as narratives from her own childhood Wonderfully written

    8. This is a memoir by Danielle Trussoni about her father, Dan Dan Trussoni served in Vietnam as a tunnel rat, an incredibly dangerous job which required stealing into tunnels the Vietnamese constructed throughout the country It is of no surprise that he came home with PTSD, undiagnosed until many years later but very much in evidence from the start Danielle grew up in an unbelievably abusive environment, the sole offspring who chose to live with her father after her parents divorce, in what amount [...]

    9. A very good memoir, honest and painful and illuminating of how the scars of war, including PTSD and substance abuse, filter through to families and touch many people than just those sent off to fight for their countries Children of divorce will identify with this, as will daughters whose rebellion was partly inspired by trying to be like, or to get attention from, a distant father It s a shame that Trussoni only seems to realize her unfairness to her mother toward the end of the book, but the f [...]

    10. A girl s relationship with her father is effected by his past and his experiences in Viet Nam She goes to Viet Nam to see the places that shaped his future This story jumps around in time so much that at times it is difficult to keep track I wanted to get into this book than what I did The long narratives of his experiences in the war lost me.

    11. Interesting personal narrative about a dysfunctional family as told by the daughter Father was in Vietnam war and she returns to deal with the family demons Much takes place in La Crosse, WI Not at all a whiny self discovery story, but some parts felt a little disjointed.

    12. I may be biased because it s set in Wisconsin Also going with the theme of books I ve been reading recently about not so present dads, that I have a personal interest in.

    13. Virtually anyone alive during the Vietnam War will acknowledge its impact on American politics and society and, if honest, themselves Yet as Danielle Trussoni s memoir, Falling Through the Earth, demonstrates, there are persons not alive then for whom the war became an intimate part of their lives return return Trussoni s father, Dan, was a tunnel rat in Vietnam He was among those two parts stubborn, one part insane men who ventured into and searched the mazes of tunnels the Viet Cong used to hi [...]

    14. This was a really beautifully written memoir, I felt, and I think a lot of people can identify with it At the very least, it helped me understand a little better why a lot of people out in this world are so hardened by life s shortcomings in ways that make them come across as cold This writer said things in this book that she likely could only ever say in writing Throughout this book, there are some painful truths and some vivid tales that captivated and triggered me than many memoirs do, but t [...]

    15. I first heard about this book on The Nervous Breakdown when Trussoni posted an excerpt from her book, a memoir The excerpt was about doing acid and was really funny to me despite having never done it myself After reading this one passage from her I wanted to see what other mischief she d gotten into so I went out and got the book, only to find out that it really isn t about a rebellious teenage existence It was even better.The memoir is about growing up in a home tainted by the Vietnam War, wher [...]

    16. This memoir was stupendous The writing and content were excellent even though it was emotionally draining to read at times From the get go we know that the author, Danielle, namesake of her father, Daniel, absolutely adores him This was reminiscent of Jeannette Walls relationship with her father in the memoir, The Glass Castle In fact, Jeannette is quoted recommending this book on the back cover During the book we discover that Daniel s time in Vietnam haunts his every action and reaction Throug [...]

    17. This is a memoir about the author s relationship with her father, a Vietnam vet, who she adored This is her attempt to come to terms with the impact that the war had on her father, her family and herself This is a heartbreaking look at a disfunctional family, in fact at one point the sister complains that they are a Jerry Springer episode.The father was told to forget about the war and get on with his life so instead of dealing with the damage it caused he shut down and isolated himself from tho [...]

    18. The narrator s father was a Vietnam veteran In her autobiographical debut, Ms Trussoni shares her family s story of children brought up by a man who lived through the horror of war Her father had been a tunnel rat during Vietnam, he explored the extensive tunnels which the Vietnamese had used as living quarters as well as convoys of people, weapons, food and medicine Few men were willing to enter these tunnels, as the risks included mines and or ambushes by live soldiers The narrators fascinatio [...]

    19. Falling Through the Earth is a memoir by Danielle Trussoni about her childhood and her relationship with her father It s the first memoir I ve read, which is rather surprising considering I am a fan of biographies.Ms Trussoni hails from La Crosse, WI and tells of her childhood growing up as a child of divorce, living with her dad, a Vietnam war vet, and the scars from that war It s a poignant tale of how some war wounds never heal and how war not only affects those who serve but their families a [...]

    20. Excellent memoir by the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran who spends her childhood trying to cope with and understand her volatile dad The book follows her life with him in one thread and her recent trip to Vietnam in another It seems to me that the childhood reminiscence bits are successful than her attempt to retrace her father s wartime footsteps The Vietnam thread would have been far interesting if she had included her interviews with her father, verbatim, or if he had gone with her on the tri [...]

    21. A decent autobiography by no one of any importance that starts off in a bit of a muddle, and ends up being a quite satisfying read This memoir contains not only stories from the author s life, but those of her father s, a Viet Nam vet suffering from PTSD Her father s affliction greatly influences her formative years, and his time spent going over his war stories over and over again stuck with her so much that she could recreate his experiences here She does well enough here, but the best bits ar [...]

    22. I read this years ago when the hardbound edition first appeared her editor is a friend of mine, and the book earned glowing reviews All well deserved, in this haunting memoir from a young woman whose Vietnam veteran father took her in after her parents divorce.Much of her story revolves around making the best of her messy home life the father s desire to hang out in bars, either with her in tow or leaving her home alone She meets the wrong friends, makes the wrong decisions, follows the wrong pa [...]

    23. No one in my book group liked this book, even though it was interesting to learn a bit first hand about the tunnel rats who dangerously tried to expose and destroy tunnels the Viet Cong used in the Vietnam war The author, although trying to grapple with the destructive impact Vietnam had on her father and goes there in search of understanding, is not very reflective and a mediocre writer She does a good job of conveying small town life of the struggling, underclass and we understand why her mom [...]

    24. This book was very intense It is the story of a woman who while growing up, was fascinated by stories her father told of being a tunnel rat in Vietnam who risked his life looking for American POWs It is a father daughter story that looks at the scars that solders brought back that have never completely healed My own father served 2 tours in Vietnam and never spoke of his time in the army until recently Now he is talking about it, reading books and slowly beginning to reveal what he went through [...]

    25. The author shares not only her own life s story in this powerful memoir She shares her father s story, as well, and how his past had a lasting effect on his life and everyone in it Trussoni s father was a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war The pain and trauma of that experience never left him, and in his own way he inflicted much of the same on his wife and daughters Trussoni writes with beauty, humor and not one ounce of self pity about her dysfunctional family and their quest to find peace.

    26. I just reread this book, having read it when it first came out I am even impressed than ever I found myself on the edge with her descriptions of her father going into the tunnels Her writing does put you into her life at various stages trying to make sense of her father, his relationships and the Vietnam War The legacy of war endures and should be a constant reminder to go carefully into it I try to read everything I can on the Vietnam War and believe this to be one of the best It is a book I w [...]

    27. Because this book is about Ms Trussoni s relationship with her father growing up, it s hard not to think of J.Walls s Glass Castle memoir when reading it and, it s with shame that I found myself thinking, Well, her life wasn t NEARLY so bad as Ms Walls s life which is ridiculous oneupmanship but maybe makes for good memoir reading This book sets itself apart by focusing on the causes of her father s craziness being a tunnel rat in Vietnam in 1968 I knew nothing about this whole aspect of the war [...]

    28. The author does a good job of writing about her personal traumas of childhood and adolescence without overtly seeking pity like some memoir writers do While she did not have a perfect childhood and struggled greatly with her relationships with her mother and father, I don t think her experience was that much different than really the majority of people Her description of her father s experience in the tunnels during the Vietnam war was very interesting for me, as I was completely unaware of that [...]

    29. Falling Through the Earth is a memoir so skillfully wrought you can t help but becoming enraptured in her story She writes about her father who served in Vietnam and came home with than a few emotional scars She deftly handles two stories one of the young Danielle and then the older Danielle who visits Vietnam and gradually merges them together to create a cathartic release by the end.Wow Her language is gorgeous Her craft is beyond admirable And at the heart of it all, it s thematically relata [...]

    30. This book covers familiar themes a girl s coming of age, a troubled family, a flawed father, the ravages of war on young men and their families but does so in a fresh and moving fashion Told from the point of view of the daughter of a rough, damaged Vietnam vet, it is really a story about family, human frailty and failings, regret and some, small degree of redemption I kept thinking about fissures and lost lives in my own extended family, and helped me have a bit compassion for flawed previous [...]

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