I believe this will please all you war story fans out there, because this is one for the record books.
The Things They Carried is a story written in a fictional memoir prose if that makes sense. The story is not true, but you have this time lapse from the present to the past and the connections and parallels in the incidents which remind one of memoir stories. The book never outright says that this happened or that it didn’t, but it’s not a Million-Little-Pieces-Perception-Problem here, you will find it being sold in the fiction section of your local Barnes & Noble or Strand Books or other bookstores.
Imagine Vietnam, soldiers being pushed into the pain and hard truth of the world involuntarily. How would you react? To the new environment, the responsibility weighing on your soldiers with all the necessities hiking from location to location in this blood ripened world.
It brings up the question. What do you carry? Your potential and your books. Your work pressure and your family pressure. If you’re a girl that always has a bag with her, what’s in that bag? What’s in your wallet? What’s in your car? What do you never leave the house without? What do you immediately miss when you leave it somewhere?
This is a story of pressures, responsibilities, severe emotions, war, family, and everyone’s consequences for anything and everything.
If you’re also studying writing, this book makes use of long descriptive sentences and list phrases. This book is a good source to break apart and find what makes some styles successful and what is overkill. In my own personal opinion, I believe this tactic has been dead and continuously stabbed in this book, way too many. Tim O’Brien gets the point across of the weight we are all always carrying and the consequences on your persona from lifting such great weight, but, I don’t need the point made every page of the book.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien gets 4 out of 5 stars. The overkill killed off one of its stars.