1. How did the Chapter 1 narrator lose his wife?
The Chapter 1 narrator was serving in the war. Because he was far away, his wife married another man, a cripple, who couldn’t be in the war.
2. What does the narrator in Chapter 1 do during the war?
During the war, the Chapter 1 narrator serves with the Australians. He serves at their interpreter.
3. Who is Thap?
Thap is a North Vietnamese who leaves the communists after his wife and children are murdered by the VC. He kills himself and an officer after he is forced to view a pornographic movie.
4. What films are frequently shown in the officers’ club that the Chapter 1 narrator does not enjoy?
Frequently, they show Norman Wisdom films in the officers’ club in Chapter 1. They are about a little man who is forever being knocked down and tormented by a world of people bigger than he is.
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