The Things They Carried
ISBN: 039551598X
EAN13: 9780395515983
Language: English
Pages: 273
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 8.5" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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This CliffsNotes study guide on Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read The Things They Carried. Reading a literary work doesn't mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement you reading to be sure you get all you can from O'Brien's The Things They Carried. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Tim O'Brien and The Things They Carried, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com. IN THIS AUDIOBOK -Learn about the Life and Background of Tim O'Brien -Hear an Introduction to The Things They Carried -Explore themes, character development, and recurring images in the Critical Commentaries -Learn new words from the Glossary at the end of each Chapter -Examine in-depth Character Analyses -Acquire an understanding of The Things They Carried with Critical Essays -Reinforce what you learn to further your study online at www.cliffsnotes.com

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   A window into the world of a Vietnam solider
In a way, real. Tim O'Brien's ability to use stories which may or may not be true with characters that may or may not be made up to shine light on very real aspects of humanity is a gift. The book plays with one's feelings. The horrors of Vietnam will make you sad while reading. This is a book that stays with you. Reflecting on the stories makes you appreciate life in a different way. Minor details become of great importance. When you stare out a window and watch an airliner fly by in the distance, you should feel grateful to be a part of it. The book will make you feel alive. It will make you feel like a college student is in a war. It will make you feel like there is nothing left to live for. It will make you feel like you are back to normal. This book will make you feel like a human.
 
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   Be in the experience
I started reading The Things They Carried because I wanted to know more about the Vietnam War. I thought I had made a mistake because I wasn't getting that. The book was not telling a story in a conventional way and I was not sure what it was telling me. Gradually, I got it. I learned a lot by just being in the experience of reading a book. It was captivating by the end. The author tells you that the stories are true in the sense that they are experiential, but not in every detail. This is an experience of how people deal with life and death. It's not easy to describe, but worth reading.
 
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   A true classic
I first read this classic in hard copy. I re-read it after purchasing it and found it to be excellent. The book is not easy to read. It takes you on an intimate journey with the author. The book and insights will be relevant for future generations because war is an inescapable part of human existence.
 
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   Don't waste your time or money
My granddaughter's teacher is having her students read. It's a fiction, but it gives a wrong impression of what happened in the country. The BS about a civilian girl going into a combat area and ending up with a special force's unit is an example. Don't waste your money on this stuff. I was a combat veteran of the Marines.
 
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   Ghosts of War
The war was captured from the distance. The ghosts are inescapable. Retelling the stories is a way to cope with the losses. The spirits deserve a break from their eternal rest as painful as it is for the survivor.
 
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   DO NOT BUY. Even if you have to for a class.
The book was awful. It's just a bunch of swearing that nobody cares about. It is trying to be cool the entire time, it adds in all of the symbolism and junk for the sole purpose of making English teachers like it. I had to read a book. I returned the book because I didn't want the author to have my money. Don't buy the book if you're reading it for an English class. You just need to download it. It is very bad.
 
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   An interesting read about war stories.
The book gave me insight into the soldiers' experience in war. The thesis is the same even though the writer may have been a little self satisfied and scattered in assembling the collection.
 
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   Unfortunate
The incidents do not reflect my experience with the Army in Vietnam. I wonder what the author said was happening. It must sell well because it plays to what many want to believe. I couldn't force myself to read what I didn't know about what was happening in the four areas I was in.
 
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   First few chapters.
I closed the book after the first few chapters. They killed a puppy with a claymore and tortured a baby water buffalo in the first few chapters. The killing of animals is where I draw the line. To enter my review, I had to give a single star.
 
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   As a Vietnam Vet this really disappointed. I am not sure what I expected
This was really disappointing for a Vietnam Vet. This was not what I expected. It was written by someone who was there.
 
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