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Review: If I Die in a Combat Zone

Author: Tim O’Brien
Date Started: 01-04-2019
Date Finished: 12-04-2019
Pages: 210
Genre: Memoir
Star Rating:✪✪✪.5



First published in 1973, this intensely personal account of one-foot soldier’s tour of duty in Vietnam established National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien’s reputation as the outstanding chronicler of the Vietnam experience for a generation of Americans.
With simplicity and power, he describes the remarkable events that would later inspire his award-winning novels ‘Going After Cacciato’ and ‘The Things They Carried’. From basic training to the front line and back again, he takes the reader on an unforgettable journey – walking the minefields of My Lai, fighting the heat and the snipers in an alien land, crawling into the ghostly tunnels – as he explores the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war no one believes in.

My Thoughts:

I always have great difficulty writing reviews for memoirs due to the fact I don’t quite know how to get my thoughts across about them.
I thought this book was written well, as you are reading you kind of forget about the fact it is a memoir and this author is writing about himself. It always reads like a fiction story at points. I found I was having to remind myself that is a true account.
I thought that the feelings and the situations the soldiers went through were extremely well told and I think this book is a good story to come out of the Vietnam war.

The one thing that I did find in this book was that it went over a few things repetitively over the space of a few paragraphs.

I have another book written by Tim on my shelf that I will be getting to fairly soon, as I enjoyed his writing.

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