Tim O’Brien recounts his experience of the Vietnam war in this book. The focus of the book is on author’s personal journey through the war and how he remembers it. Not only is it a visceral tale of the raw experiences of war, but also a deep look back on his relationships with his fellow soldiers. O’Brien speaks to the power of stories – laying emphasis on how one remembers events somehow blurs the lines between the actual happening and the recollection of it. A powerful, sobering read – highly recommended.
I’ve been wanting to read this for quite a while and I’m glad that I finally did. The plot in itself is not the stand-out element, but it’s all the other things that revolve around it. For one the angry, visceral rants are some of the best parts. These range from the petty mindedness of society and people to the crass effects of tourism. Beautiful descriptions of Kerala are almost lyrical. If you’ve ever been to Kerala this will be sure to resonate. The description of Kathakali is perhaps among the most powerful pieces of writing in the book. Strong characters, scything commentary and tight writing make this an easy recommendation. I, for the most part read along with the Audible version. The narration has got the pronunciations spot on and greatly enhances the reading experience.