They do not indulge in abstraction or analysis. Today: Interest in the Vietnam War continues, although the number of new films and fiction taking the war as a subject have declined.
His next novel, The Nuclear Age, was published in Absolute occurrence is irrelevant. It's all made up.
He uses the example of a story told by Mitchell Sanders. After, when you try to tell the story, there is always "that surreal seemingness," which makes the story sound like a lie, "but which in fact represents the hard and exact truth as it seemed.
Active Themes O'Brien says you can tell a true war story by how it never ends, or never seems to. Readers may be shocked. Only the Irish have remained incomparable conversationalists, maybe because technical progress has passed them by.