Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
DVD Talk
DVD Reviews DVD Talk Headlines HD Reviews

Add to My Yahoo! - RSS 2.0 - RSS 2.0 - DVD Talk Podcast RSS -

Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Book Talk

Book Talk A Place To Discuss Books and Audiobooks

Thread Tools
Old 05-21-07, 09:48 AM   #1
DVD Talk Limited Edition
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 6,410
Ron Kovic / Born On The Fourth of July / Two Tours of Duty in Vietnam

Ron Kovic's book, Born on the Fourth of July was written in 1974 and published in 1976, and is a well-written book. Obviously, Kovic had to write about what was important to him at the time, but there's a period that is noticably absence from both the book and film version - Kovic's time between his two tours of duty.

It is said in passing that he served two tours, and his injury obviously occurred in the 2nd. But what of the time after the first tour? I'm sure Ron goes home for a spell to relax, then I suppose he spent time somewhere with the marines before he volunteered to go back to Vietnam.

I am certain the reason this portion of his life is omitted is because...nothing happened. Ron was still for the war, he was still for America, he was still blind. He was, in fact, the same Ron he was before he joined the marines - idealistic.

Maybe his jaunt after his first tour and before his second tour is just a blip on the radar with nothing noteworthy to say, but I would love to see his full diary that he kept and wrote in when he started his 2nd tour.

Off-topic: Kovic and millions of others hold rallys protesting the wars that have come post Vietnam. What good has it done? All the people and all the protests - what has been accomplished? Not a thing. America still launches wars to serve their best interest, and all the protesting in the world will not change that.

It will, on the other hand, serve a purpose to Kovic and his kind. Those who have been wounded in past wars, to speak out, to drive away demons, to feel important, to have a reason to live. That's all I believe serves the purpose. It helps those protesting, but that's about it.
I'm-a one, I'm-a one, the one they call Buttmunker.
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:21 AM.

Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0