Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review -- The Things They Carried

The Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
My enjoyment rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book source:  Nook
Genre:  Fiction
Objectionable material:  Language; graphic descriptions of war

What do you carry? A purse? A cell phone? 20 lbs of post pregnancy weight 6 years later? A toddler? Emotional baggage?

None of those compare to the equipment carried by our soldiers during a time of conflict.

In Tim O'Brien's, The Things They Carried, Tim weaves stories based on his personal experience as a soldier in Vietnam, with reimaginings of what it was like to be a foot soldier in the jungles of southeast Asia.

A work of fiction - yes. But his stories are so vivid, detailed, and raw, that I was completely fooled as to their authenticity. I thought I was reading a memoir.

I've completed my trifecta of war books: Code Name Verity (WWII), A Duty to the Dead (WWI), and now, The Things They Carried (Vietnam).

It's time for a romance.