The Second Tour

General Fiction

By Terry P. Rizzuti

Publisher : Food For Thought Fiction

The Second Tour

ABOUT Terry P. Rizzuti

Terry P. Rizzuti
I am a literaturist, best known for my novels The Second Tour: Soul Injury and Suffering Seacil: For Better or For Worse. Most of my work can be accessed through my website.



#TheSecondTour is a literary novel written in the Modernist tradition that explores the full range of the human condition, everything from the ultimate altruism (guys charging machine gun nests to save their buddies) to the ultimate evil (guys killing innocents because they enjoy it). It's a story about a two- or three-year-old Vietnamese girl whose murder haunts the narrator for the rest of his life. And it's a story about that narrator, a low-level Marine, about his descent into spiritual darkness and his life-long struggle to regain some semblance of a meaningful life.

See my Commentary on War, Literature and the Arts for a description of how and why I wrote the first edition of The Second Tour: Click on Terry P. Rizzuti

The Second Tour is a Vietnam War novel, but many readers seem to avoid picking it up because they fail to see that it is a novel before it is about war.  It is in fact set mostly in a 13 month tour served by its protagonist in ‘Nam.’  Those who see only this setting miss the joy of reading a superb novel of the human spirit tried and sometimes broken in genuine fire.



In Vietnam, America and Americans were forced to try and overcome insurmountable hardships.  We sent our children into a situation where America’s problems of racism and social stratification had to be set aside and 19-year-olds were forced to embrace each other as brothers or simply die.  And they still died.  This novel graphically represents how they died, how some lived, and how some of those who lived must still fight that ugly war in their daily lives.  That is the story here.



Far from just being a story, this is a really terrific novel for those who are readers of literature.  It is no easy read either in content or form.  Its graphic depiction of the truth of war is a discomfiting experience for many, perhaps especially for women, yet it is truly worth the emotional expenditure of its reading.  A generation of wives, mothers, sisters and daughters who have been forced to deal with the men who survived that war, or truly any family member who must come to understand combat veterans, will come to new and explanatory insights in reading The Second Tour.



For readers of novels it offers other recompense.  It is not stream-of-consciousness, not modernist, not associational, yet it is all of those and more.  Much like coming to Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow with no understanding of the possibilities of form, a reader might become baffled by the style of its telling.  However, anyone who has the patience to overcome their expectations and continue reading will be rewarded many times over by the way that this author uses form as a powerful tool in the telling of his story.  This is clearly a novel of the human condition first, and a Vietnam War novel second.