scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 765
A few months ago I found a list in GQ magazine of 45 books everyone should read About The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien the author of the article wrote The book is Vietnam with the bandage ripped off and not yet healed In his book Tim OBrien does to the reader what the war did to him it makes everything real Even out of all of the movies that Ive ever seen on Vietnam OBriens book gives the most realistic and jerking view of Vietnam As a series of loose stories-or not even that-loose trains of thought Tim OBrien takes his audience through a visual conversation of the men he was stationed with In the first chapter he tells of the things they carried The author writes The things they carried were largely determined by necessity Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers pocket knives heat tabs wristwatches dog tags mosquito repellant chewing gumvery few carried underwearTed Lavender carried six or seven ounces of premium dopeThey carried all they could bear and then some including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried Through stories that touch on the past and whip back to the present of a veterans life back home OBrien gives a startling assessment of the war he fought OBrien walks through the war from packing in gaining territory and then losing it only to fight to get it back in a couple of weeks he walks through these actions like hes a museum curator leading a tour He expresses his dismay in one chapter about the only man he directly killed in the war with the simple toss of a grenade on night watch His jaw was in his throat his upper lip and teeth were gone his one eye was shut his other eye was a star-shaped hole his eyebrows were thin and arched like a
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA