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Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

Created: 03/04/20

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davinamw

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Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?


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rosemaryk

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I will always carry this book with me.

I felt the narrator was 100% reliable. I don't feel that anyone's point of view is necessarily omitted from the book.

I completely believed the narrator; I had total faith in him. The narrator was REAL. Everything he said was true (IMO).

I LOVED THE BOOK.


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Lois Irene

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

I felt that this narrator was as reliable as anyone who endured such trauma could be. He makes a point in retelling several stories different ways that memory can be tricky.
His emotional reaction is absolutely authentic.


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dorinned

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

For me Tim O'Brien was the only narrator, and he was believable. I was taken aback when I read on the title page that this is a work of fiction. I thought it was a memoir; it certainly reads like a memoir. Since O'Brien actually (in real life) did serve and fight in Viet Nam, he was able to write these stories about the Viet Nam war and fictionalize them based on his first-hand knowledge of the situation there.


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nancyh

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

I liked the narrator and I certainly felt his account sounded real. I am sure he was writing it as he remembered it.


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beckys

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

even though this book is considered a book of fiction, I believe it has to be part memoir with composite characters that OBrien May haven met in his experiences with the Vietnam war. I found the book to be totally believable and so moving! I both loved the book and hated it, because of feeling again that innocent lives were lost in vain. I think the author is totally believable and reliable .. a beautiful collection of stories.


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normar

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

No I don’t consider the narrators reliable. Not sure what is factual and what is fiction. But that does not detract from the stories.


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ritah

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

I don't thing the word "reliable" is applicable here; I think the author truly knows the experience of fighting in the Vietnam War and that all of his stories could have happened and maybe did happen somewhere but not necessarily in exactly the war he portrays and he did not necessarily experience them. That is why he calls it a work of fiction but not a work of fantasy.


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BuffaloGirl

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RE: Do you consider the narrator(s) in the book reliable? Do you think anyone's point of view is omitted from the book, and if so, what might we infer from their absence?

Even though the book is listed as fiction, I felt there had to be a basis in fact. If the author didn't "live" events, it seems to me that he most certainly was told about them, either while he was in Vietnam or after he returned home, either initially or through the years since. Mr. O'Brien seemed to include everyone's point of view except for those who ultimately didn't serve and actually fled the country and the point of view of our government at the time.


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