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Hey Sorcerer Weatherby said The guy started to smile but Sorcerer shot him What kind of dark situations could entice a man to shoot a comrade This is what Tim OBrien suggests in his novel In the Lake of the Woods As OBrien previous works also have presented this book deals a lot with Vietnam and the seemingly dark consequences that can distort reality for veterans He speaks of the reaction of a broken man whose wife runs off and no one can find her At that point the darkness is only just beginning John Wade is a very confused and utterly saddened man As a man held highly in respect by his peers he was a member of the Minnesota State Senate He ran for the United States Senate a couple of years later only to be shot down by a form of slander Somebody discovered that Wade had been part of a group of soldiers that brutally massacred women and children in Vietnam After that being completely distraught and almost crazy Wade shot a friend and fellow soldier PFC Weatherby After this was discovered Wade was defeated in a landslide in the election for the Senate His wife Kathy and he went to a cabin out in Lake in the Woods in order to get away from all of the media attention This is when the darkness appeared once again Kathy did not write back for several weeks And then she sent only a postcard A piece of advice Be careful with the tricks One of these days youll make me disappear This was written to John while he was stationed in Vietnam and he often performed magic tricks for the troops of which he learned from his father who had tragically hanged himself in Johns childhood due to a drinking problem As can be seen with all of these examples darkness was lingering everywhere in this novel Every time
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