Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 978-0618706419
Paperback: $8.97
They carried physical items with measurable mass, they carried figurative items with immeasureable weight.  They were kids who killed other kids, and that weighed the most. It was Vietnam and it was what is was, they did what they did, and they carried it all. 
O'Brien speaks in a voice that is real and at times difficult in that reality.  I had a hard time with some of the war stories, their weight being too much at times.  There is death, despair, humor, love, trust, and friendship woven throughout the tales spun by O'Brien.  It's a heavy book, but one both adults and teens should read, bringing forth both the horror and awe of Vietnam.  Read it and it may change your life.


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