Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The things they carried by tim o’brien, 256 pp

memoir

As I recall, my sons read The Things They Carried in high school for summer reading. I don’t recall, however, reading it with them, or discussing it. Now, I need to. Can there be a memoir about the Vietnam War, or any war or conflict, from a soldier’s perspective which isn’t heart-wrenching? I don’t think so. Anguish and regrets weigh more than any military backpack these soldiers carry, primarily because they’re carried long after the backpacks are stowed in the dusty reaches of an attic, footlocker, or basement. I hope there will be more written about America’s forgotten war and its victims.

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