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The Things They Carried

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Tim O'Brien

"They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight. They carried shameful memories. They carried the … see full wiki

Author: Tim O'Brien
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Broadway
2 reviews about The Things They Carried
review by . September 25, 2010
This story brought to mind Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, "In Cold Blood," due to the mixture of fiction and realism.      "The Things They Carried," tells of a platoon of soldiers and their experiences in Vietnam. It gives an interesting insight into the make-up of soldiers on active duty and serves as a comparison to today's army fighting in Afghanistan.      In the story, we learn what various soldiers carry in the field.  …
review by . October 10, 2004
Read this one years ago and reread it again recently. Very good story telling here. This is a collection of stories, probably more about human emotions, than about war, although there is plenty of that too. Mr. O'Brien is a skilled writer whose prose is quite pleasing to the eye and ear. His insight to human emotion, particuarly emotions brought out by stress, is wonderful. This is an easy read and the book should be added to your shelf. Highly recommend.
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