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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - A Review

The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories by American author Tim O'Brien, first published in 1990. The book is based on O'Brien's experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War, and explores the themes of memory, trauma, guilt, and storytelling. The book is widely regarded as one of the best works of literature about the Vietnam War, and has won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize finalist. The book is also available in various formats, such as paperback, hardcover, audiobook, and epub .

The book consists of 22 stories, some of which are interconnected and some of which are standalone. The stories are narrated by different characters, mostly members of a platoon of American soldiers in Vietnam. The stories are not arranged chronologically, but rather follow a thematic and emotional logic. The stories often blur the line between fiction and reality, as O'Brien uses metafictional techniques to question the nature and purpose of storytelling. The stories also vary in tone and style, ranging from realistic to surreal, from humorous to tragic, from factual to fictional.


The title of the book refers to the physical and emotional burdens that the soldiers carry during the war. The first story, "The Things They Carried", lists the items that each soldier carries with them, such as weapons, ammunition, personal belongings, and letters. The items reveal the personalities, backgrounds, and motivations of the soldiers, as well as their fears and hopes. The items also symbolize the weight of the war on their minds and souls, as they struggle to cope with the horrors and absurdities of war. The items also change over time, as some soldiers die, some items are lost or discarded, and some items are added or exchanged.

The book is not only a war story, but also a story about stories. O'Brien explores the role of storytelling in making sense of one's experiences, preserving one's memories, honoring one's comrades, and healing one's wounds. O'Brien also examines the ethical and moral implications of storytelling, especially in relation to war. He questions the validity and reliability of stories, as well as their effects on the listeners and the tellers. He suggests that stories can be both truthful and fictional, depending on how they are told and why they are told. He also argues that stories can be both beneficial and harmful, depending on how they are used and received.

The book is a powerful and moving account of the Vietnam War, as well as a profound reflection on the nature and art of storytelling. The book is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in reading about the Vietnam War, or anyone who appreciates well-crafted and thought-provoking stories.

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