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IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS A MYSTERYAlmost from this novels first page we know that Kathy Wade will vanish and it is not long before we discover that her disappearance will remain unsolved We then ask ourselves how is this novel considered a mystery if we never even find out what happened to Kathy In the Lake of the Woods by Tim OBrien still has undeniable suspense There are other topics in the novel like the impact of the Vietnam War morality and human behavior that help us see beyond the mystery of Kathys disappearance Certain events that took place during the Vietnam War remain a mystery to most of us People never seem to talk about what really happened in Vietnam Tim OBrien does not fail to reveal a solution to this book of mystery He reveals the horrors of the My Lai Massacre throughout the novel but most in chapter 13 The Nature of the Beast The following quote is of the morning of the My Lai Massacre as described by Tim OBrienHe John Wade watched a young man hobbling up a trail one foot torn away at the ankle He watched Weatherby shoot two little girls in the face Deeper into the village in front of a small L-shaped hootch he came across a GI with a womans black ponytail flowing from his helmet The man wiped a hand across his crotch He gave a little flip to the ponytail and smiled at Sorcerer and blooped an M-79 round into the L-shaped hootchAt his feet was a wailing infant A middle-aged woman lay nearby She was draped across a bundle of straw not quite dead shot in the legs and stomach The woman gazed at the world with indifference At one point she made an obscure motion with her head a kind of bow inexact after which she rocked herself away 106So in a way even if we argue that the
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