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ERIC Number: ED442939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-876768-05-3
Make a Man of Him.
Baker, Pam
Max was one of the boys who went to the St. Kilda Police and Citizens Youth Club every week. He was often in minor scrapes, but nothing serious. When he was 20, he was conscripted into the Australian army and sent to fight in Vietnam, leaving behind his new wife and baby son. Like most of the nearly 50,000 primarily working class Australians in the war, Max knew little about the history or politics of Vietnam. His father, who had fought in World War II, thought it would "make a man of him." Max returned from his tour of duty physically unharmed, but in the words of his aunt "a bundle of nerves." When he discovered his wife was having an affair with his old friend, he took action that had serious consequences. He shot out the windows in his house; his pregnant wife took their son and left; and he was sent to prison for three years. After he was released, he spent years traveling and taking odd jobs. He settled on a job in a service station. Through his ex-wife's sister-in-law, Max was reunited with his son and the daughter he had never seen. Because of a back injury, he decided to take a course at the Technical and Further Education college where he developed a relationship with a fellow student. (This high interest, low vocabulary book's appendixes include a glossary, short history of the Vietnam War, and a timeline.) (YLB)
Language Australia, GPO Box 372F Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia, Tel: 61 3 9926 4794, Fax: 61 3 9926 4780, Email:, Web site: ($14 Australian).
Publication Type: Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Language Australia, Melbourne (Victoria).
Identifiers - Location: Australia