In the Lake of the Woods

by Tim O'Brien, Penguin USA Paper | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140250948 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ladilee24 of Newark, Delaware USA on 7/12/2005
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
This was a complicated yet enjoyable book. The main character has had a losing political campaign and has had the secrets of his past in Vietnam exposed. Now, his wife is missing and no one is certain why. Told backwards and forwards in time, the book explores what happens when the past you've ignored catches up to you. Interesting and hard to stop reading, once you've begun, the story unfolds itself in compelling layers.

Journal Entry 2 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Added to the Trade Paperbacks relay at

Journal Entry 3 by ladilee24 at by Mail in BookRelay.Com, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases on Monday, July 18, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (7/19/2005 UTC) at by Mail in BookRelay.Com, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases



Sending to tiatia as part of "Trade Paperbacks" relay

Journal Entry 4 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Monday, August 01, 2005
The politial theme is intreging since I live and work in the DC area. Will journal my reactions once read.

Journal Entry 5 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Friday, August 19, 2005
Absolutely fascinating. The quotes and footnotes intertwined with the thoughts and actions of the main character were done very well. I read it in two sittings. The need to go off to my job stopped me from reading it all at once.

The biggest question is never answered...what happened to the wife. Each hypothesis is laid out so believably that I jumped from agreeing with one to agreeing with another. The truth may very well be somewhere in between. It did make me ask myself, "How well can you really know another person? or let them know you?" Many thanks to ladilee24.

Journal Entry 6 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 27, 2005
Reserved for Trade with TinkEsq.

Journal Entry 7 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Sunday, August 28, 2005
On its way to TinkEsq in OH via media mail.

Journal Entry 8 by TinkEsq from Akron, Ohio USA on Thursday, September 01, 2005
Thanks for the trade. Looking forward to reading this.
10.22.06 - Not as good as I had hoped. The overall story just didn't satisfy, though it was interesting enough to keep me reading.
10.21.07 - Sent in Bizarre Book Box.

Journal Entry 9 by sweetsangria from Clackamas, Oregon USA on Monday, June 02, 2008
Looks interesting enough to go onto mt.tbr.

Journal Entry 10 by sweetsangria at Clackamas, Oregon USA on Sunday, June 24, 2012
I finally picked this book up to read and once I did I could not put it down. There are some very disturbing,graphic scenes in this..mainly the flashbacks of the incidents that happened in Vietnam. I thought the writing was extremely well done and shows just how damaging war can be on a person. The main character was creepy and unlikeable but at the same time I felt sad for him and felt like he was deeply mentally ill. The writer sets up different examples of what could've happened to Kathy but I think the only believable answer is in the title itself. It's not called "The lake of the woods" but "IN the lake of the woods" which is exactly where I think Kathy ended up. I think this story will stay with me for a long time.

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