The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

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The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.
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  • Evelyn Lynch
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This book is very interesting and has some great experience stories. It really draws you in."
  • Kathy Moreno
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "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."
  • José Angel Reséndiz
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "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."
  • James Duncan
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I don't like autobiographical books but this was very interesting. I love war books, so it was fun to read. "
  • Muhammad Jaiteley
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a Autobiographical book about a Vietnam war soldier. Very well written, and great subject. "
  • Kimberly Romero
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "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."
    Jesse Walker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I've been interested in the people of South East Asia for a while now, and this book satisfied all of my needs. It's a collection of war stories that got me hooked all the way to the end."
  • Carol Welch
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "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."
  • Mark Schmidt
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I enjoy war stories and this book of autobiographies gives a very unique look in into the lives of soldiers. I have read all kinds of military history, and this is a page turner."
  • William Beck
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "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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  • Henry Roberts
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "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."
  • Paul Coleman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "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. "
    Donna Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This was a great read about the perspectives of soldiers during the Vietnam War. Their stories were very captivating and made me want to continue to read page after page."
  • Bertha Muñiz
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a must read American classic. This book sheds so much light on the choas of war and the good things that can come out of so much hatred. This book changed my life and I recommend it to anyone. "
  • Randy Thomas
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I like this read for some odd reason"
  • Michael Austin
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Things They Carried is an interesting collection of autobiographies about the Vietnam War from the perspective of the American soldier. It includes heartwarming bits of compassion as well as wartime detail. A solid read for teens."
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