O’Brien’s narrative structure demonstrates the confusion of war. In no particular sequence, he explores three separate narratives, but only two of these narratives happen according to a logical progression. The observation post narrative starts with Berlin at the beginning of his night shift and proceeds to the morning. The Cacciato chapters similarly follow a chronological order, common in most fictional novels; however, the chapters which document Berlin’s real war memories intentionally follow no order, only separately cataloging his fallen comrades. Jack Slay describes these chapters as “a litan...
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