This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Ambush” by Tim O'Brien. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it.
Presentation of the text
Title: “Ambush” (1990)
Author: Tim O'Brien
Genre: Short story
Tim O'Brien is an American novelist and short-story writer born in 1946. Between 1967-1970, he served as a sergeant during the Vietnam War, and many of his works are war stories and memoirs. He has received several awards for his literary works. The story “Ambush” is taken from the collection of linked short stories “The Things They Carried”, based on his experiences as a soldier, blending fiction and non-fiction. O'Brien said that one of the reasons he wrote this book was to help the people in his hometown have a better understanding of the Vietnam War.
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