The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; 1990; $13.95; 246 pages; broadway books, New York, NY; 0-7679-0289-0; purchased from Amazon.com; 5/3/15-5/5/15
Why did I pick this up? We are reading this for our May meeting of the Corner Reading Society. We are reading this in place of another book that there was some controversy about the veracity of the stories.
What is the story? In a series of short stories Tim O’Brien uncovers the truth of the Vietnam experience through his eyes and those of those he served with. He tells stories of some experiences in country and in the aftermath of the war. The stories mingle humor, violence, friendship, faith and incompetence just like life.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, many of the stories reminded me of the camaraderie that I experienced while I was in the Navy. He conveys a depth of love for his compatriots that only those who have served together can know.
What is with the title of the review? All of these guys are still carrying things around with them, in their heads and and souls.