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MarisaRose wrote:At times I felt Steven had many of the standard PTSD type symptoms typical of a veteran; however, it was difficult to tell if these symptoms were due to his time as a soldier or a side effect of the immortality pills. I don't think the author was really focusing on Steven as a war veteran, but it made sense for the purposes of the plot. If Steven had been portrayed more in this light, it would have taken away from his use of the immortality serum and the issues he faces in China.
This is a good point, MariaRose! I didn't think about what the author was trying to focus on.
Personally, I don't have much experience with those who come back from war other than what I read about, but I think his desperate need to live could definitely be plausible as a veteran.
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There were many elements of the post-war experience touched on. The best, unnamed, was the despair that veterans feel when they find out you really can't go home again. That is a part that doesn't get addressed by those who deal only with horrific experiences. This is what led Steven to travel, experiment with music, and, finally, travel to Tibet.
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