Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Things They Carried

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. New York: Broadway Books, 1990. Print.

Annotation: Tim O’Brien, through masterful storytelling, brings you into the war that was fought in Vietnam. He tells us the experiences of death, fear, madness, loss of innocence and hope that each young solider experienced as they marched through an unknown land. 

Awards: France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Review: Although Tim O’Brien experienced war first hand, he chooses to write this story as fiction. After reading this book, it is hard to accept this as fiction however, O'Brien elaborates on storytelling in the chapter “Good Form” which brings into perspective why this is better considered a fiction story as oppose to a true life account. Each chapter is a short story that expands the entirety of trials the individuals must face in dealing with being at war. Tim O’Brien assumes the role of the main character along with 11 other men that observe as well as experiences the hell of Vietnam. Each character has their own story which deals with the many themes of war that include hating, fearing, regretting, and coming to terms with their life that is forever changed. O’Brien does an exceptional job at conveying the emotions of these men and what kept them going through what some felt was an unnecessary war. The storytelling is so captivating that it made this book very had to put down.

Alex C. Age 17
"My personal favorite genre of book is Non-Fiction or Historical.  I enjoy learning about the stories of our past..."

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