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- "I was born in the 1960s and had relatives who fought in the Vietnam War, but was too young to remember how it might have directly affected my relatives and they never were willing to discuss their experiences. The Things They Carried gave me an unique insight to what a soldier is feeling and experiencing as he enters leaves home, enters combat and how to heal from the horrors of war. There is healing for veterans to discuss what happened as they share stories with each other; this book allows me, who never was a solder, to feel empathy for those who did fight the war the struggles that were associated with that fight."
- "Historical novels have always been some of my favorites to read as they offer interesting perspectives on a lot of events. The Things They Carried has been on my list to read for a long time and this book offered a really nice perspective on the Vietnam war."
- "The Things They Carried is a collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an american soldier. It reflects on tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence. The book is well written and highly recommend. It has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating and is compelling and interesting."
- "When I say that “some are clearly fictitious,” there’s always a doubt that it might just be a true story--because war is just that absurd. An example that springs to mind is one of the most engaging pieces in the work. It’s called “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong,” and it’s about a wholesome, young girlfriend to one of the soldiers who [improbably] comes to live in the camp. The girl acclimates to the war, and soon she is going out on patrol--not with the ordinary infantry soldiers, but during the night with the Green Berets. Perhaps the moral is that some people are made for war, and it’s never who you’d suspect. As I describe it, the premise may sound ridiculous, but the way O’Brien presents it as a story told by a Rat Kiley--a fellow infantryman known to exaggerate—it feels as though there is something very true, no matter how fictitious the story might be. Before one reads “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong” one has been primed by a chapter entitled “How to Tell a True War Story,” which tells one that truth and falsehood aren’t so clear in the bizarre world of war."
- "This was really well written, and I don't want to disparage what the author went through during the war. But I really could not get into it; it's just not a subject that (to me) really makes you want to read every page. People who enjoy war stories will probably LOVE this."
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- "The Things They Carried is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Every chapter has a unique feel and style to it that always seem to match its theme. Even the most ridiculous stories felt authentic to me while I was reading. I could never stop myself from reading more than one chapter at a time. I have a feeling I'll be revisiting Vietnam through this book for many years to come."
- "I don't know that I would recommend this for someone, unless that person is specifically interested in war stories. To that end, it's written pretty well, though the subject matter didn't exactly keep me riveted or anything. "
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