Now I am not much of a book reader. I was actually made to read this book. I sometimes just have trouble finding time to read between my busy life so it just ends up being a chore. To be honest this was one of the first real book that I tried to make time for every day. I just couldn't put the book down. Some places list the book as a political drama, and some a mystery; I honestly could not really think of a certain category this belongs in. The book really belongs in a category of it's own. The book constantly switches back and forth in time, but somehow all the details come together. I read one other of O'Brien's books and his writing style is so unique. The pages hold new information every time you turn them. I can't think of another writer to compare him to. I honestly would recommend this to anyone even if they don't enjoy reading. Most people could relate to some point of the book, and the book always keeps you interested.
I got this book first assigned in my English class in college and I was getting the feel that the theme of the class was not going to be about dreams as listed in the catalogue, but rather the Vietnam war (weird, but it did go like that). So naturally, I got bummed when we had to start reading this book; however, as I read more, I got really into it. I would go into the Dining Commons and I would end up there for a good hour well after I finished my meal just reading on and on. The way it is written through a story, theories, and evidence is something I have not read before and it enticed me. Trust me when I say that I think the people in my class who bs'd the essay for the paper regarding this book truly missed out on a great read.
The facts in Tim O’Brien’s book In the Lake of the Woods slowly become clear over the course of the novel. In an election primary for senator, John Wade lost disastrously because his record as a participant in a Mai Lai style execution of Viet civilians has just been uncovered. Wade and his wife, Kathy, retreat to their cabin in Canada to recover and repair. First, after some desultory efforts to rebuild their relationship, Kathy disappears and after a long, public and unproductive search for her, John disappears.
What actually happened, however, is never clear. Flashbacks to Thuan Yen, slowly breaking through John’s consciousness, disrupt the flow in present time. After his father’s suicide when John was a child, John developed his skills as a magician in an effort to control his environment. He also spent a lot of time talking to his lost dad. In the army he used those skills to entertain his buddies, and was known as The Sorcerer. Some of...
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