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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, war, travel, social-political

Tim O'Brien was conscripted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam. This book is a series of vignettes, not claiming to be fact, which detail the life, the events, the state of mind of a soldier and his colleagues before, during and after the Vietnam war. It is completely engrossing, partly because it is incredibly well-written and partly because it gives such insight into the minds of the men he describes. The events cover the full gamut of what we now know happens in war - the brutality, the incredible endurance, the tenderness, the cruelty, the dehumanisation. Some of the most touching stories take place in the U.S.A. when the main character is only a child and falls in love, and later when he is grappling with the possibility of escaping to Canada and dodging the draft.

The stories stand alone, but together form a rich picture of one man's incredible experiences, his fight with his conscience and his battle to retain his sanity. This is not a standard war memoir; this is a complex insight into the effect of war on ordinary men.

Highly, highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

July 10, 2018 – Started Reading
July 20, 2018 – Finished Reading
July 26, 2018 – Shelved
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: biography
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: war
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: travel
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: social-political

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