The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien 8/10

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a very interesting and surprising book about the Vietnam War. Tim O’Brien writes about his memories and emotions from the war. He talks about what happened with his platoon. In the first chapters, Tim provides a look into the characters’ personalities by telling what items the soldiers carried. The stories are told in a way that makes the reader feel the same emotions as the soldiers. These stories often involve death, hardship and struggles as well as the good times the men had together as soldiers. Some of the stories are told from his point of view as a writer thinking back on his war experiences.

            The stories are pretty detailed, not like you would expect a person writing about it 20 years later would be able to remember. This is a twist in the book about this, but I am not going to spoil it for you; you’ll just have to read the book to find out. The author writes in the format of short stories. This way of writing can be a little bit confusing because he doesn’t write the stories in chronological order.

            I can’t say that is a very great book for Honor’s English readers. It is pretty easy to read with no really challenging vocabulary words or literary devices. Although there is plenty to analyze, it wasn’t hard to understand the point the author was trying to get across. This book is still a good book to read as it is pretty interesting and a very good piece of writing about the Vietnam War.


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