The Things They Carried Review

The NGC staff started the Documentary/Book Club to review resources we utilize in our programs and to find new ways to learn more about global issues. Feel free to email the reviewer (contact info below) if you have any follow-up questions!

Author: Tim O’Brien

“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.”

Who should read: High Schoolers

Why it’s important: Deals with Global Issue of Armed Conflict.

What Gabi thought : Tim O’Brien writes this book from his perspective from his experience being a soldier in the Vietnam War. It’s written in a really compelling way almost as if he was talking to someone and sharing his experiences and memories as they come. It works to convey the desperation of being a soldier, the constant struggle to not get sucked into the awfulness of war, the lifelong effects of having been a soldier. But most compelling of all towards the end of the book Tim O’Brien shares that while his book is based on his own experiences but part of it is also fictionalized to better convey certain feelings from his stores.

Gabi Jimenez, summer intern, reviewed The Things They Carried send her an email with any questions at 

Tags: NGC Doc/Book Club , reviewer’s name, global issue

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