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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, recommended-by-a-friend, read-multiple-times, re-read-potential, re-read-in-2011, read-in-2011, challenge-1010-by-2020, nook
Read 3 times. Last read November 24, 2011 to November 25, 2011.

Incredible. Parts of "How to Tell a True War Story" come to mind regularly. I love Tim O'Brien's writing. Those were the three things I had to say about The Things They Carried when I initially "reviewed" this book. I hold to all of those. This is my third reading and I found the book even better than it was eleven years ago. "How to Tell a True War Story" has probably influenced my views on writing and literature more than anything else I have ever read. There is a beautiful clarity and painful honesty that permeates this book. I can't say enough good things about it.
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Quotes Denae Liked

Tim O'Brien
“A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.”
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
tags: war


Reading Progress

Finished Reading
Finished Reading
January 6, 2011 – Shelved
January 7, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
January 18, 2011 – Shelved as: recommended-by-a-friend
October 21, 2011 – Shelved as: read-multiple-times
October 21, 2011 – Shelved as: re-read-potential
November 24, 2011 – Started Reading
November 24, 2011 – Shelved as: re-read-in-2011
November 24, 2011 –
page 67
27.24%
November 25, 2011 –
page 246
100.0%
November 25, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: challenge-1010-by-2020
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: nook

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