The Things They Carried Quiz #3 Chapters 7-8 pp. 67-86

"How to Tell a True War Story" first appeared in October 1987 in Esquire Magazine. An interesting combination of recalled events and editorial commentary, the story received critical attention at its first publication. Indeed, nearly every reviewer and critic singles out THIS story for special commentary. The story in many ways provides a map to the rest of the novel. By trying to characterize what constitutes a true war story, but never achieving this feat, O'Brien introduces the most important themes of his book: memory, imagination, and truth.

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