In honor of the 20th anniversary of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, we’d like to provide a few snippets from recent reviews of the book by our 2010 Vietnam War Reading Challenge participants.  You can click on the blog names for the full reviews.

Jules’ Book Reviews said:

One interesting thing about this collection was although it was a book of short stories, the same characters kept re-surfacing through out the book. I really liked this aspect of the book, because it allowed the reader to be able to see a wider range of events, over a large span of time, but still have the same familiar characters and be able to watch them develop, or see how they react to the different situations they were faced with.

Bermudaonion said:

The Things They Carried is a very moving book and as I read it, I wondered why the world can’t find a way to end wars.  This is the kind of book that it’s almost hard to say that I enjoyed – I think maybe saying it affected me is probably more accurate.

Bookfoolery and Babble said:

As the book progresses, the reader gets to know the characters. Although The Things They Carried was originally written as a series of short stories, it’s not jumpy or rough. It reads like a novel, in my opinion; the characters are consistent throughout. As in reality, some die and are replaced; and, the book jumps forward and backward in time. But even the dead remain in the minds of their friends and in that way often continue to make appearances.

**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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  1. I can’t wait to read this one for the challenge!

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