The Things They Carried By Tim OBrien
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|The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien
What did they carry? Was it just their standard issued gear? Was it relics from
“the world”? Or was it something more sinister? Tim O’Brien explores these
ideas and many more in his heart stopping, breath taking, uniquely sad but true
book, The Things They Carried. O’Brien, a victim of the Vietnam War himself,
shares with us stories that he endured while in the ’Nam. Moreover, I believe that
this book of his was much more than a collection of stories. I believe this book
was not meant to entertain our imagination nor was it written to indulge our fears.
Rather, I believe it was a plea to God himself; an apology to the Almighty for the
horrors and atrocities committed unto his children through the horror and
brutalities of a relentless, and ever bloody war.
O’Brien immediately feeds us insight into the belongings of a grunt.
Everything from P-38’s to stolen soap, to the exact weights of each item. He also
forges ahead w...
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