Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
My review shows why "The Things They Carried" is a good book
am 4. November 1999
Tim O' Brien wrote the novel "The Things They Carried" to express the weight the soldiers had to carry with them while they were at war. In the novel Tim shows how each solider carried items which helped them cope with the changes in their life. Some soldiers carried pictures of their girlfriend, some carried tokens of their heritage. Tim does a good job in showing the everyday life of a solider. In the novel there is a real sense of companionship among the men. Some of the men use drugs to cope with the harshness of reality they faced. I liked the book because it showed something else that the other books about Vietnam haven't, weight. The soldiers carried all of their belongings with them at all times. Until I read this book I really didn't look at that aspect of war. The men didn't stay in one place for extended amounts of time because of the tactic of gorilla warfare, so they carried everything. In the book you get to know all of the soldiers as if you knew them previously. Every time I started reading the book I felt as if I was there fighting with them. An American writes the book but Tim shows all the aspects of the war, both American and Asian. If you are interested in learning about the Vietnam War and also learning about the conditions the soldiers faced in the war, I strongly suggest reading "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.