The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hadley Barrows

My book group recently finished the, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I’m not sure we did this on purpose but it is nice to have read this book about veterans of Vietnam so recently. It makes this Veteran’s Day feel all the more essential.

O’Brien is a bold, brave storyteller. His stories will take you by the stomach, set you down in front of yourself and tell you to “look and look hard.” The only way this works, though, is because he’s expected the same thing from himself. Throughout this book, he carefully delivers information about himself in a way that makes it impossible to pin down. Right? Wrong? Good? Bad? Who’s to say?

Time and time again, O’Brien would mention other veterans who contacted him with ideas or details to add to the writing he does. He was the one they trusted to carefully balance the pressures…

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