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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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Book Wormy
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Things They Carried
4 stars

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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Taylor Snyder
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sharon Lutes
War! Every politician should be required to read this novel. Certainly I believe Westmoreland should have led the boys into the those terrible tunnels in Vietnam and slept in the jungle along side out boys. President Johnson (yes, I realize he has expired) should have been there and been scared out of his mind and every politician since (with the exception of Pres. Obama) should have been shipped over and required to hump the supplies and weapons through the jungle and required to sleep, eat and ...more
Karen Lohse
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Regina Mastrogiacomo
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
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