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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.

Up Country

up countryNelson DeMille has become one of my favorite authors.  I only discovered his work a year or so ago, but he has never disappointed.  In Up Country  DeMille pulls from his experience fighting in Vietnam and I have to wonder how much detail revealed by character Paul Brenner was actually DeMille’s.

In the novel Brenner is a retired Army investigator from the Criminal Investigation Division.  He is asked by a former superior to investigate a crime.  The only problem is that the crime was perpetrated in Vietnam…thirty years ago.  So Mr. Brenner begins his journey back to his past on what seems to be a secret mission though he is suspicious that there is more to the investigation that he has been told.

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.”

Piecemeal Peace Deal

In case you haven’t noticed Afghanistan has sort of become a major hotbed of resistance to our military.  There has been heavy fighting and far too many deaths of our military personnel.  One thing that seems the most disappointing to me about Iraq and Afghanistan is how the local citizens do not seem fully committed to their freedom.  As Americans I am not sure that we can completely understand this because most of us were born free and continue to live free.

Hypocrisy (hi-pok-ruh-see)

Hypocrisy is defined as:

  1. The practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one’s real character or actual behaviour.
  2. A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not.
  3. An expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction.

Synonyms:  deceit, insincerity

What does Edmond Burke think:

“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing.”

How about Billy Connolly’s thoughts:

“Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse.”

Can you give some examples?