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In The Lake Of The Woods

lake of the woods1I seem to have stumbled into quite a few books lately that feature characters who fought in Vietnam.  This one, In the Lake of the Woods, the second that I have read by Tim O’Brien and feature a politician who is haunted by his participation in that war.  The disappearance of his wife after a failed campaign puts him in the spotlight of the small, lake town where he and his wife went to get away from things.  It’s always the husband right?  Well O’Brien doesn’t let you get away with that and the story takes you back through the lives of the couple.

The Things They Carried

the things they carried“The things they carried were largely determined by necessity.  Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water.”