I went into this story knowing it was about war, and specifically one I don't know much about, Vietnam. What I hadn't realized is that the book is a memoir of sorts. O'Brien served in Vietnam. That takes it to a whole new level and I began reading the book a little more closely when I figured out the author IS the narrator a few pages in.
I don't feel specific examples of stories are needed. Start reading and O'Brien's writing will take you away and make you see what he has to say. He has great insight on many things, which it seems he learned in connection with his war experience. The interesting theme that reoccurs is the line between truth and untruth. O'Brien goes into detail, using his own story/experience as an example about how the truth can also not be the truth. One of his statements connected to his insight on truth is that "...sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That's what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past and the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story."
I salute Tim O'Brien for his service and use of his wonderful writing talent to share with us his life and others he encountered. Thank you to all who have served and their families. For "they carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried."
Any cut-above-the-rest war stories on your shelves readers?