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The Things They Carried is written from the perspective of the author Tim OBrien The book is a compilation of his stories and experiences relating to the Vietnam War It encompasses the events and lives of himself the other members of his company and the war as a whole Tim OBrien of no important rank is a solider in the Alpha Company that heads out most operations of Nam They are the first troop to stake out land the first to raid the villages the trailblazers through the minefields They are the best of the best As the story is told First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross heads his troops across the marshes and paddies of Vietnam It is in him the men must trust As war for me goes I had no foundation for what to expect Being that I have never seen any war movies or read anything like this before this in essence was my first realistic exposure to war In my choosing this book what I did expect was to have a book that I could relate to as well as one that was written about someones personal experience And that is exactly what I got Many stories written as second-hand experience of OBrien take place before many soldiers are placed in or called to Alpha They also reflect on how OBrien interprets them No war story is told without a twist or turn of the truth Details are imagined and dreamed up to how the teller finds most appropriate Vietnam was full of strange stories some improbable some well beyond that but the stories that will last forever are those that swirl back and forth across the border between trivia and bedlam the mad and the mundane OBrien pg 89 This bias is the basis to a war story Stories come from speculation some from absolute fact others from pure lies From their origin on truth relies on the eye of the
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