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Ted's Review said:
This is the second time I’ve read this book. O’Brien is certainly a talented writer. Frankly, I didn’t know it was fiction until I just read other people’s reviews. Still, he certainly captures the very essence of being in Vietnam. Overall, you really feel the complete waste that comes with war.
posted Jul 5, 2010 at 3:07PM
Adish Benicio said:
Well, I also read this for English class. The beginning was extremely confusing and I did not like it very much. However, as I proceeded to later and later chapters, all of the plots made sense in a beautiful stream of conscious. I would suggest it even to those who are not interested in history or english. It is a great read and you will not believe that it is fiction.
posted Apr 20, 2010 at 7:50PM
funnywuzzy13 said:
Read this for english. It was well-written and the author has a knack for description... and confusing people. I would have liked this book if it weren’t for the fact that war stories kind of gross me out. If you do read this, definitely pay attention or you will have NO idea what it going on.
posted Sep 4, 2009 at 2:30AM
Avatar for Eden Prairie Library Staff Eden Prairie Library Staff said:
The 2007 Eden Prairie Reads selection.
posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:59AM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
The Things They Carried was the 2007 selection for the Eden Prairie Reads initiative (epreads.org). I was a little hesitant at first, unsure of how well I’d enjoy a collection of Vietnam War stories. The book is less about gunfire and battles won or lost, and more of a peek inside the head of the men involved – doubt, terror, obsession, camaraderie, death, survival instinct, the psychological turmoil of going home, and ultimately, for some, closure.

Although considered a work of fiction, one gets the feeling that all of the stories have some basis in reality. In fact, several times the author refers to himself as being present in the stories. As a reader, I felt some frustration in not being able to determine what was true.
posted Jul 7, 2008 at 8:48PM
Kamron said:
Review: The Things They Carried The novel “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’ Brien is a fascinating war story. It’s about how the author was drafted to go to war. He talks about how it really changed his personality by going to war. He said it ruined his dreams, the life he wanted, and the job he wanted to do he couldn’t. He explains what you look at and think about when you get shot. He said when he was shot he remembers looking at tiny things like a blade of grass or a pebble on the ground or a scuff on a boot, and how he thought “this is it, I could die.” He talks about what it is like to lose a friend in the war. He says it’s hard to believe at first because you don’t want to believe it, and a while after they die it’s like they’re still there roaming around with you. The author said that when someone dies the other soldiers would make jokes about the person who died. He thought it was weird at first, but he eventually got used to it. The novel “The Things They Carried” is very fascinating. It’s a book that if you get the chance to read it, do.
posted Jun 3, 2008 at 10:03AM
Francesca said:
I don't ever think a civillian will be able to understand war, there is no way to take the experiances of someone who fought and lived throught one of the most brutal wars of out modern world and transfer them to anyone, especially a teens, mind. Tim O'Brian captures what one can only imagine war is really like. His series of short stories concerning the men of Alpha Company through their trials in the jungles of Vietnam. Not only do we recieve the grusome tales of battles, we experiance the loneliness, the inner torment and the fear of young adults thrust into a very adult world. Powerful and moving, this book works its way into your heart and mine, a story that I can never forget.
posted Oct 28, 2007 at 2:14PM
Francesca said:
I don't ever think a civillian will be able to understand war, there is no way to take the experiances of someone who fought and lived throught one of the most brutal wars of out modern world and transfer them to anyone, especially a teens, mind. Tim O'Brian captures what one can only imagine war is really like. His series of short stories concerning the men of Alpha Company through their trials in the jungles of Vietnam. Not only do we recieve the grusome tales of battles, we experiance the loneliness, the inner torment and the fear of young adults thrust into a very adult world. Powerful and moving, this book works its way into your heart and mine, a story that I can never forget.
posted Oct 28, 2007 at 2:14PM
tizzyler03 said:
This book is incredibly well written! It is about war but it’s not all about combat. It has a lot to do with how war affects and effects a soldier. How it effects soldiers during and after the war when they need to make their way back into society. It says that it is a work of fiction but it seems so real. I do know that he was in Vietnam so I think some of it may be true.
posted Oct 10, 2007 at 8:59PM
Moire said:
This compelling novel by Tim O'Brien strings together reminiscences of the Vietnam War's most horrific psychological effects. O'Brien explores the experience of storytelling like none before, testing the limits of truth to present an emotional ride for the reader. This novel awakens the memories of those who were psychologically impacted by one of the most important events in American history. A must read for those interested in historical fiction.
posted Jul 7, 2007 at 8:01PM
Moire said:
This compelling novel by Tim O'Brien strings together reminiscences of the Vietnam War's most horrific psychological effects. O'Brien explores the experience of storytelling like none before, testing the limits of truth to present an emotional ride for the reader. This novel awakens the memories of those who were psychologically impacted by one of the most important events in American history. A must read for those interested in historical fiction.
posted Jul 7, 2007 at 8:01PM
Grillz said:
This book is amazingly written. Its a great account of war. Its about more then combat but the struggles of a soldier. Its a great read whether you are looking for a war story or not.
posted Apr 28, 2007 at 11:36AM
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