Monday, August 9, 2010

From The Heath Arsenal: Tim O'Brien

"The Man I Killed" and "The Lives of the Dead" by Tim O'Brien.
also by O'Brien: Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, Tomcat in Love

This guy is one of my favorite authors. After first reading these two short stories, I bolted quickly to Half-Price in search of anything else--I got a scribbled up copy of The Things They Carried and maybe one or two others. Amazing, just wonderfully amazing. Not many women probably read O'Brien, which is a shame, because he is a beautifully sensitive writer, whether he's writing about Viet Nam or his childhood.

There are not many veterans who are able to tell their stories like this; Tim does a great job of showing us what it's really been like for them, what goes on in a soldier's head.

Read O'Brien, hug a veteran.