The Things They Carried

For a month in English, we’ve been reading a collection of short stories by Tim O’Brien called The Things They Carried, which takes place during the¬†Vietnam War. All the stories are real, but all of the history behind the stories are somewhat twisted. O’Brien purposely did this because he admits it is impossible to tell a true war story. It takes too much pain in telling the experiences that he wishes he’d forgotten. Some of the stories are funny, sad, ¬†and thrilling. All are so well detailed that they put the reader in a soldier’s shoes. I’d definitely suggest that anyone read it, and I’d give the collection 5 out of 5 stars.

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