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Born on the Fourth of July

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    I LOVE to read, and I HATED this

    I was forced to read this book for school, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Typically the reading material in school, while sometime boring, is always an example of good literature: well written with realistic dialogue, evolving characters, and sufficient symbolism and metaphor to have an essay writing field day. This book however, was not an example of good literature, or even a good story. The fact of the matter is, you could have the greatest story in the world, but if it¿s not written well, then it¿s not good literature. <BR/> And frankly this is not the greatest story in the world; it¿s not even that unique. A boy is really enthusiastic about the war, and comes home paralyzed; it happened to a lot of people. Which is not to say I don¿t feel for the guy, without a doubt his situation sucks. But that does not mean that he should vent all his rage, frustration and pent up feelings in a 200 page novel. If you want to expose the horror of war, or the mistreatment of veterans, feel free, but that is not what this novel is, this is some type of psychiatric stress reliever filled with both crude imagery and language, chiefly concerned with his inability to screw a woman. If you need catharsis, fine, write it down in a diary and stick it under your mattress, don¿t send it to a publisher and force me to read it. <BR/> In the end, this is an uncreative story written by a bitter man, who felt the need to inflict his suffering on readers everywhere with more than two hundred pages of angry drivel. If you want good war novels, try Slaughterhouse Five or The Things They Carried.

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