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The Things They Carried

O'Brien, Tim, 1946-

(Book - 1990)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Things They Carried
Tales of soldiers' experiences during the Vietnam War.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin / Seymour Lawrence, c1990
Branch Call Number: FIC O
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm.


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November 16 2012

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Dec 01, 2014
  • MelvilleAFS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Eleven family, friends and co-workers saw action in Vietnam. They served in all branches but Coast Guard. All came back physically whole but mentally most are questionable. I just closed your book........Thanks Tim.

Nov 24, 2014
  • reedstevens rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

O'Brian's vivid, wrenching story got me right at the beginning. 100% engaging and satisfying.

Nov 20, 2014
  • huy1993 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In his book, O'Brien captures vivid images of the forest, the soldiers, and the war its self. The book is not only about his own memory about the Vietnam War but his comrades as well. It reminds us of how war separates and unites people together.

Nov 10, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fast paced, but still thought provoking. O'Brien has a writing style that is interesting, which grabs your attention and forces you to digest what he has to say.

Apr 01, 2012
  • darelene rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The real and the story blended.

Apr 26, 2011
  • allysonyj rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book explores the idea "What makes a Self?" from the points of view of a young brain-damaged man, his sister, and the neuroscientist who tries to understand and then to help cure his injury. These three characters are very vivid. A fourth character is there mainly to provide a plot. The neuroscientist is clearly modeled on Oliver Sachs, the popularizer of neuroscience in such books as "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat." It would be interesting to read the two books together.

May 16, 2010
  • BiblioPhyle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A tale full of loss, hope, and war. A great example of fictionalizing a true experience. I still think of subjects in this book long after I finished reading it

May 12, 2010
  • FearlessReader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tim O'Brien wrote this book twenty years ago but it is as relevant today as it was then. It is not only a raw and potent account of the realities of war, but a masterfully crafted novel that will challenge the reader's ideas about the truthfulness of fiction and storytelling.

Jan 03, 2010
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amazing, brutal, powerful stories about the Vietnam War - a bit too much writing about the writing of stories for my taste. Found it distracting.


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