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The Things They Carried (Tim O'brien): Curriculum Unit

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Published August 30th 2005 by Center for Learning
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The Things They Carried
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This is a collection of connected short stories dealing with one platoons experience of the Vietnam war.

The book has dark humour, tragedy, love, death and of course the horror of war.

What struck me most was this is a story of ordinary men, not heroes, just men doing the best with what they have been given, the attack the enemy with anger they destroy villages in revenge, they are not a peaceful force with the natives best interest at heart and that makes it more rea
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Trevor
Mar 06, 2015 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars
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What a great book! I had never actually heard of it, despite being critically acclaimed. O'Brien's writing is just incredible. Not only does he convey vivid and varied memories of Vietnam, but he blends these memories with fantasy and philosophical introspection on the nature of "war stories". If you think you know everything about the Vietnam War, you don't. Read this book!
Regina Mastrogiacomo
A story about what we carry with us, either out of security or remembrance, and how both allows us to retell our stories or relive the. The things we carry are the most important and poignant parts of ourselves that never go away. Excellent story telling that makes you wonder what is real and what is made up, and how tragic life can be.
Taylor Snyder
By far, ironically, one of the most cruel, violent and beautiful books I have read in a long time. The book is a story of soldiers fighting in the way and the things they saw, dealt with and the trauma they had to "carry" throughout the rest of their life. The simply things from the description of his friend stepping on a landmine to the cruel murder of the water buffalo made this story in it's own category. So well written you have to turn away from the story at times the way you do to not see ...more
Karen Lohse
I didn't really want to read this book but it was a choice of my bookclub. I thought it would be a very depressing, painful book. There was some of that, but, it as really a book about about how this group of young soldiers dealt with a tumultous and uncontrollable event in their lives. It was about how we can process horrific events, what do we do with them? Good book!
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