Book 'n Tea Break

{September 30, 2011}   Review: The Things They Carried

Title: The Things They Carried

Author: Tim O’Brien

MLA Citation: O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction. New York: Broadway Books, 1998. Print.

Awards/Honors: 1990 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
French Prix du Meilleur Livre ÉtrangerThe Things They Carried bookcover
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Annotation: The Things They Carried tells the fiction story of a platoon’s experience during the Vietnam War. O’Brien uses snap shots of stories to illustrate the lives of the platoon members’ lives before, during, and after the war.

Review:  The Things They Carried attempts to intertwine both the physical and emotional things that were carried by soldiers during the Vietnam War. Moving fluidly from lists of rations and their corresponding weights to the emotions and memories each man “humped” for himself, O’Brien sheds a light on the war many still talk about today. O’Brien also writes of times before the war and times after the war. O’Brien clearly illustrates that although Vietnam has been left far behind, along with the rations, packs, guns, and army fatigues, the men still carry Vietnam with them every day. O’Brien successfully makes readers forget that they are reading a work of fiction and pulls them in for the journey that sometimes moves forward, sometimes doubles back, as memories often do.

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