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  • Very good war book

    By nk2*
    Tim does a very good job on explaining the Vietnam war. He makes you feel like you were in the war. The book is an experience.
  • War statement

    By I feel dumb!
    I read this in college and still own it to this day. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It does of good job of bringing you down to the level of what it meant to be a soldier. They carried a lot of physical things and that’s how the book starts out, listing everything they had to carry and it’s weight but then plays into all the emotional aspects of what they ended up carrying with them and how it weighed and took a much harder toll.
  • This will make you think about how lucky you are

    By Lucky173
    I had this book back in my high school days. Powerful and definitely unforgettable. I regret leaving this book behind as it is definitely worth the time it takes to read. I took it slow as it is poinyent and deeper than the deepest glaciers.
  • Excellent book

    By Booksqa2019
    Beautifully written — definitely worth a read.
  • One of my favorite books of all time

    By Lizardbrain90
    At turns funny and tragic, O’Brien does a wonderful job of juxtaposing the bizarre realities of war with the simplest parts of being human. He writes wonderfully and descriptively about very difficult subjects and scenes without getting sentimental. Gorgeous book.
  • “War” a never ending story

    By army11bvet
    God bless the men and women who serve our great country. Every service member has his/her war story, a time in their life they will never forget. A moment in that service members life that may never be told or talked about, a time frame that changed their lives forever and leaves them wondering what my life would of been like without the war. Take care veterans and thankyou for your service.
  • One of my favorite books of all time.

    By Scerzilla785547
    Beautiful written. Cannot put into words how it makes you feel. A must read.
  • Best Book EVER!!

    By Fsr24
    I’m in the military myself, and I’ve always loved war stories. But part of me knew that most of them didn’t really hit the main point of the stories. Tim O’Brien wrote some of the most realistic and moving war stories I’ve ever read. It moved me to tears honestly.
  • Transcendence of Stories.

    By Meeno
    Life in its fragility holds so many pieces. When put to work in a story the pieces come off the shelf and the menagerie is less breakable, it’s infinite malleability lends it the uber-human glow of the un-dying, the un-dieable. Everything comes to life, the scenery, the foliage, the river, the bullets, the water, the quiet, the Minnesotan emptiness, the Vietnamese sanguine tranquility, the war, and all the dead in this landscape rise back up, shake hands, live, converse, play small radios, paint their faces, play like children, first shy and then bravely at a game call Be Alive, Be Forgiven, Be Remembered, Be. And all that war takes away, stories give back. Tim O’Brian know his stories. He’s knows their restoration and salve. And he knew that war, its good days and its bad. And he knows how to stand those days up on paper so they dance around again, and are never stuck bloated, dying, dead. The river doesn’t rise up its mud to subsume them, the trees don’t hang their copse bits like ornaments anymore. The single well spent bullet does take off the cheek and blue the eye of young mellow man and the little girl still skates the night pond and still fills you with love. Thanks,Tim, for blowing everything up with life.
  • The things they carried

    By Barney1944
    This takes me to a place I never was - not in real time - but now I have been there, a place that at times has seemed very real, as if I HAD really been there, and yet knowing I hadn't. Reality, in many cases, doesn't hold a candle to what you THINK might have happened, and yet this book BECOMES reality- and allows the reader to understand the difference - from what is real for him/her, (the reader) in their imagination, and what the author lived, and still lives - every day.

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