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What did they carry Was it just their standard issued gear Was it relics fromthe world Or was it something more sinister Tim OBrien explores theseideas and many more in his heart stopping breath taking uniquely sad but truebook The Things They Carried OBrien a victim of the Vietnam War himselfshares with us stories that he endured while in the Nam Moreover I believe thatthis book of his was much more than a collection of stories I believe this bookwas not meant to entertain our imagination nor was it written to indulge our fears Rather I believe it was a plea to God himself an apology to the Almighty for thehorrors and atrocities committed unto his children through the horror andbrutalities of a relentless and ever bloody warOBrien immediately feeds us insight into the belongings of a grunt Everything from P-38s to stolen soap to the exact weights of each item He alsoforges ahead with the memories of his comrades or the lack thereof He luresus into a realm that equates to summer camp where the new children aretormented with the loss of their family and can only dream about being reunitedwith them This world abruptly changes into a living breathing outlandish hellAt the peak of the many climaxes intwined in the many different stories Ifelt anxious but often times I felt uncomfortable Something didnt seem right Something didnt add up I think that the one thing that each character carriedalthough it was never formerly introduced was that sad over-powering emotionMark Fossie felt the bitter end of guilt Even Rat Kiley felt a guilt that veryfew can experience I shoulder the hunch that Mark Fossies guilt lies in bringingan innocent girl into a hell that took her and fabricating her into a monster Howcontent she must have been back in the real world before going to Vietnam ButNam changed the sweet once innocent beauty into something that cannot bealtered back-a savage The Nam brought
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