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- Full Title: Going After Cacciato
- Where Written: Minnesota
- When Published: January 1978
- Literary Period: The fragmentary Vietnam War fictions of the late 70s and early 80s
- Genre: War novel
- Setting: Vietnam, Laos, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Luxembourg, France
- Climax: Paul Berlin goes to Cacciato’s hotel, armed with the big rifle
- Antagonist: None. The novel is dark and sinister, but doesn’t have definite antagonists—the sense of evil is more general and pervasive.
- Point of View: Third person limited
Cute kids: Tim O’Brien has a wife, Meredith Baker, and two children: Tad and Timmy O’Brien.
War wounds: While he was serving as a soldier in Vietnam, O’Brien sustained a serious shoulder wound. As a result, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the military medal that honors deceased or injured soldiers. O’Brien has also been an outspoken advocate for expanding the scope of the Purple Heart to honor soldiers who suffer from mental problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, following their service in war.