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Meghan Lorenc

on 9 January 2013

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Transcript of Funeral

quotes "Back in high school, at night, he had driven around and around [the lake] with Sally Kramer... Then there had not been the war. But there had always been the lake (132)." "... the lake had drowned his friend Max Arnold, keeping him out of the war entirely. Max had been the one who liked to talk about the existence of God (132)." "Norman Bowker carried a diary (3)."

"Norman Bowker, otherwise a very gentle person, carried a thumb that had been presented to him as a gift from Mitchell Sanders. The thumb was dark brown, rubbery to the touch... it had been cut from a VC corpse...(12)" "Norman Bowker lying on his back one night, watching the stars, then whispering to me, 'I'll tell you something, O'Brien. If I could have one wish, anything, I'd wish for my dad to write me a letter and say it's okay if I don't win any medals. That's all my old man talks about, nothing else (34).'" "I received a long, disjointed letter in which Bowker described the problem of finding a meaningful use for his life after the war. He had worked briefly as an automotive parts salesman, a janitor, a car wash attendant, and a short-order cook at the local A&W fast-food franchise... He lived with his parents, who supported him, and who treated him with kindness and obvious love (149)." post-war in the war pre-war pre-war
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