Tim O'Brien has something to express, and to get his experience across he'll try any technique in his tool belt- repetition, essay, short story, tall tale, ghost story. He mixes reality and fiction with abandon in an attempt to give the reader a taste of what he went through as a soldier. As usual when reading an agglomeration of many different techniques, some resonated with me, others did not. A few scraps of the material struck me as magnificent writing, one or two fell flat. But my overall impression of this patchwork quilt of tales was positive.
A word of caution for those, like me, who bear cruelty toward humans far better than cruelty toward animals: there are two graphic scenes of animal cruelty in the book.