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The Things We Carried by Tim O’Brian ****

Although this novel is sold as fiction, this novel is thought to be a collection of Tim O’Brien’s experiences in the Vietnam War. He speaks about many of his war buddies. He talks about the mood and tonality of the war, the scenic and yet disgusting terrain, and his injury. O’Brien also touches on the emotional, physical, and psychological taxations he and his comrades faced for the duration of the war.

O’Brien does an amazing job at immersing you into Vietnam, being a Vietnam War veteran, he lived the experience himself. He told what a war story really is, capturing the sad abnormalities that surface in war, such as: a friend drowning in a field of poop while taking mortar fire, or peeling the remnants of a fellow soldier out of the trees. This book is written if someone was speaking it to you, and each chapter tells a different story.

I recommend this book to anyone who may not like war novels, because it offers a different perspective. One that is authentic, one that’s unwavering from truth. This is a quick read and easy read, but one that will change your thoughts and perspective, giving you a deeper understanding of a soldier’s life. The chapter do lack transition but I would give a rating of 4 out of 5 stars because of the truth and emotion it holds. Overall I thoroughly enjoy this novel, it is a good read most everyone.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.