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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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Jul 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2009, personal-canon
Recommended to Dusty by: James Gill
Read in July, 2009

In my first college creative fiction course, so about six years ago, the teacher held up this book and exalted it as the perfect short story collection. Since then I've read and reread several pieces of it in anthologies, stumbled into an entire bookshelf of it in glossy student-print editions in a high school library, and run across its title in who knows how many must-read-before-you-die lists.

A well-intentioned student, I bought a copy of the book the same week the creative writing teacher recommended it. I don't know why it took until now to actually read it.

But I do know it lives up to its hype. The Things They Carried is a book about war and death and loss and futility. It is also a book about hope and survival and, of all things, the redemptive powers of storytelling. If you haven't already given the book its due, it's time now, right now, so get to it.
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Carly woo! can't wait to read it! :)

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