|Plot Summary of Desertion In The Time Of Vietnam|
|"DESERTION IN THE TIME OF VIET NAM
Houghton Mifflin, May 2001, 24.00, 293 pp.
This autobiography concentrates on the aftermath of fleeing the United States for Canada by the author during the Viet Nam debacle. Todd provides quite a different perspective when he deserts the Army and his country. That decision which worked out well for Todd as he is a highly regarded journalist still effects him deeply with regrets and sorrow when he chose the exile path at a critical crossroad in his life. Well written, though at times quite maudlin, DESERTION IN THE TIME OF VIET NAM brings home an era when everyone seem to know someone fleeing the draft or the war. However, the uniqueness of his personal story is what happened to him and others after they left home.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"War and life in the sixty's. Deserting from the Army and Vietnam."
Craig M. Dokken, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Desertion In The Time Of Vietnam|
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Political/social rights fight
- fighting for social change
- fights between different pol/social groups
War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- impact on civilian
Subject of Biography
- infantry soldier
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- healthy but a geeky weakling
The Americas (not US):
- fort/military installation
- mostly 3rd
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
- main character serviced by prostitute
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
- very unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
- 26-50% of book
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