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.

Mar 24, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the Vietnam version of Red Badge of Courage.

Nov 17, 2013
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Now THIS is an American classic. Although I had to read this for English class, I more than enjoyed reading it. The soldier's perspective, conversations, personalities, and experiences are all of great interest to those who have never seen real combat. "The Things They Carried" is indeed a masterpiece, with so many different themes that can be connected to so many different types of people. This is what American literature is supposed to look like.

Apr 03, 2013
  • JCLJanineM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a book about how ordinary men thrust into the role of soldier in the midst of war use stories to deal whith their experiences. Excellent.

Jul 31, 2012
  • Poodles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A powerful fictionalization of a Vietnam vet's experiences during, after and before the war. If you like Slaughterhouse Five you will like this book.

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

The real and the story blended.

Mar 13, 2012
  • angry_skull rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books ever written. The man can tell a story.

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