Tim O'Brien is Tim O'Brien whether the setting is Vietnam or the Minnesota lake country.
The ending left me a bit cold
The wife - by far.
I wouldn't rename it. Title is perfect.
This history is a necessary corrective to Niall Ferguson's right-wing revisionist tome "The Pity of War." Meyer returns moral clarity to the period, particularly the immediate pre-war period during which the feckless leaders of the Central Powers deliberately pulled the whole of Europe into catastrophe.
The main reason this book is far better than the slew of published-in-a-day, instant "bestsellers" on the takedown of bin Laden is because of Bergen's trustworthiness as a scholar and a journalist. Well done.
This is the third of three recent books I've read on sociopathy ("The Sociopath Next Door" "Without Conscience," "Forensic Psychology" I rate the three as: deep, deeper, deepest
Perhaps not quite as stiff
I give Canter much credit for his valiant attempt to suggest a ray of hope for humankind regarding sociopathy. I've often been struck how sociologists and doctors consider the condition "incurable" and "untreatable" and leave it at that. This essentially means that 96% of us are doomed to be potential victims of the 4% of sociopaths among us unless we're simply lucky enough to avoid them. This is unacceptable. Canter at least suggests that new breakthroughs in studying the connection between empathy and mother love could lead to new therapies for these mal-formed individuals and suggests new medications could also alter behavior. These sound like long shots but of course are better than nothing.
Why is Edna O'Brien so often neglected? Her use of language is so entrancing, her descriptions of place - particularly rural Ireland - so breathtakingly original and her characters - in situation - so memorable and illuminating. I think she should be near the top of any list of the world's greatest writers. As much as I love Cormac McCarthy, O'Brien's use of language is just as original - and she gives us tangible characters and a real community. This is one of her most beautiful creations
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