The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Things They Carried  by Tim O’Brien

If this was not summer reading for school, I never would have picked it up, but this is one of those school books where you are happy that you have to read it. The book brought up a lot of good questions and doubts about war and its affects. In this book, the author reflects on his experiences during the Vietnam war and how it affected the life of him and his friends. It discusses the point of writing, what a true war story is, and many more interesting yet devastating aspects of war. This book reminded me of a better version of Catch-22, part of that being its writing style. This book had some great insight and I felt that it helped me with my decision making in turn. I also had a cool experience shortly after reading this book. At music camp, one of the people running it was talking about when he was drafted and how he enlisted as part of the band instead, but ultimately ended up going overseas. It was very strange to hear him talking about the Vietnam war, right after I had finished reading this book. The book made the war very really, not just some abstract war in the past that we just talk about, but something that recently happened and affected tons of people. By then hearing about it from another person it cemented the realness of this particular war in my mind. I would definitely recommend this book if you want to think a lot and if you want a ‘true’ war story. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy war stories, but be prepared to think of them in a new light after reading this. I give this book four stars because it is thought provoking and interesting, but at times it can be hard to follow (which is one of the parts that makes it so intense and realistic).
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