Kovic's "Born On The Fourth Of July"
This was an extremely powerful book. Ron Kovic is very able to get his
point accross to the reader. He brings you throughout his life showing you, no.
. . showing cannot describe the feeling adequately enough. He puts you into his
life, when he goes through the trenches, you go with him. When he hits a home
run for little league you can experience, not the joy it brought him at the time,
but the pain in remembering that joy now that he can no longer do those things.
When he makes love with a woman in mexico you can completely understand how
stirring, meaningful and frightening the experience is for him.
This is a book about self discovery. From beginning to end, you see him
struggling to survive life. He is constantly trying to be the best at
everything. From the very start he was working out his arms trying to make
himself bigger that way to make up for being to short. He joined the cub scouts
with his friends and marched in the memorial day parade. He hit a home run his
first time at bat in little league. When he grew he joined the wrestling team
and constantly won first place in competition. When he lost, it was so
emotional that he would cry. He would do anything to be first, even if it meant
The coaches made us do sit-ups, push-ups, and spinning drills until
sweat poured down our faces and we were sure we'd pass out. "Wanting to win and
wanting to be first, that's whatÔs important," the coaches told us. "Play fair,
but play to win," they said. They worked us harder and harder until we thought
we couldn't take it anymore and then they would yell and shout for us to keep
going and drive past all the physical pain and discomfort. "More! More!" they
screamed. "If you want to win, then you[Ôre going to have to work! You're
going to have to drive your bodies far beyond what you think you can do. You've
got to pay the price for victory! You can always go further than you think you
Kovic wanted so much to be a hero, to be all of his heroes rolled up in
one. He would do anything to achieve that goal.
The way that Kovic writes this book makes it even more incredible. He
jumps around in his life, telling you things in, what I believe is, their order
of importance to him. He begins by describing to you the feeling of being shot
and what is going on around him. You follow him through the sequence of being
carried off the field, moved to a hospital, moved to another hospital. You can
see him winning a medal of honor. He describes to you the other wounded
soldiers around him, and while you feel for him, by taking a look around the
room through his eyes you get a fuller picture of just how terrible this war was.
He then skip[s around through his childhood, his birthday on the fourth
of July, playing with his friends. You can see just how good his life was. It
was perfect, what most kids would dream of, but he never felt that he was...