This book is set partly in the scarred minds of Vietnam War veterans and tackles the truth from their perspective. There is objective truth, which is the one that relates the facts as they happened, the one that cannot be found or told since the very act of telling it imposes a speaker bias. The subjective truths are the ones we must confront. Who is telling them and how old are they? How many layers of denial and forgetfulness have covered up the various perspectives of the truths?
The physical location of much of this book is a part of Ontario on the shore of an artificial lake that was created by flooding good villages in order to build the St Lawrence Seaway. The rising flood obliterating but also covering all in its path becomes a symbol of this inexorable covering up of all perspectives under a smooth sheet that hides and makes us forget all that was beneath, except for tantalizing hints that poke out of the water. In this context, the reader is asked to determine what was the truth and what exactly matters and to whom. The struggles of the vets and their families in their journey to recall and justify just what exactly happened in Nam were interesting, but there were too many flashbacks and flash forwards that left me reeling and forgetting at times where and when I was. Perhaps that was the intent but it does take away at times from the story.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: WINDMILL BOOKS; 1 edition (1 March 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009955836X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099558361
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
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