Saturday, April 3, 2010

Born on the Fourth of July

Another common setting for books and movies is the Vietnam War. Much like my opinion on the media's depiction on World War II, I honestly don't know why the Vietnam War is re-enacted so much. But again, I find that it makes for good entertainment.

Upon his return from the Vietnam War, Ron Kovic has become a changed man. Paralyzed from the waist down, he suffers challenges from his injury. Along with problems of his paralysis, Kovic's views on the war drastically change.

More people may be more familiar with Oliver Stone's adaptation of the novel with Tom Cruise as Kovic. But don't overlook Kovic's memoir, for it's a very true piece of literature. You feel his pain through his words. Kovic is very descriptive on what he saw while serving in Vietnam, how he became paralyzed, the hospital he recovered in, and his life afterwards. It's a very moving memoir.

My Rating: ****

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