A True War Story

Here’s the list I came up with based on O’Brien. Please have a look at my list (and compare it your own) Ask yourself if you understand what O’brien’s mean by each of these points:

  • A true war story is never moral
  • You can tell a true war story if it embarrasses you
  • In a true war story it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen
  • In many cases a true war story cannot be believed
  • Sometime a true war story is just beyond telling
  • You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end
  • True war stories do not generalize
  • A true war story makes the stomach believe
  • In a true war story the truths are contradictory
  • In a true war story the only truth is ambiguity
  • Often in a true war story there is not even a point
  • You can tell a true war story by the questions you ask
  • In a true war story absolute truth is irrelevant
  • You can tell a true war story if you keep on telling it
  • In the end, of course, a true war story is never about war
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