The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien is the best war novelist I’ve ever read. The Things They Carried is the best war novel I’ve ever read. It beautifully tells us how terrible war is and also; the humankind will get on your nerves again and again.


I’ve always liked books that get under my skin. I especially love it when I have to take a break because of all the pain. When it comes to war novels, I already know what will happen to me. If the author is good, you can feel the absurdity and cruelty of the war to the bone. As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, Tim O’Brien is the best war novelist I’ve ever read.

The Things They Carried

I started reading The Things They Carried while I was enjoying the sea, sand and sun in our summer house. When it suddenly took me off the beautiful beach and threw me into Vietnam in the middle of the war, I had already formed emotional ties with all the characters of this fascinating book. When they died, I took a break from the book and tried to escape from Vietnam. But of course, I couldn’t. Read this book; you’ll fall in love with it.

Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried

A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America’s involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed.

Tim O’Brien

William Timothy “Tim” O’Brien is an American novelist. He is best known for his book The Things They Carried, a collection of linked semi-autobiographical stories inspired by O’Brien’s experiences in the Vietnam War. In 2010, the New York Times described O’Brien’s book as a Vietnam classic.

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