They carried canteens, pictures, machine guns, love letters, mine detectors. But most importantly, they carried each other. The soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war that were lucky enough to make it home alive would struggle with the memories they carried as well. Tim O'Brien illustrates his cathartic re-entry into the jungles of Vietnam in this captivating -- indeed poignant -- collection of memories.
Many question whether "Things..." is a novel, considering the choppy, often non-chronological nature of the short stories which O'Brien tells. As the title page says, it is a work of fiction, but the book itself defies all categorization. Each chapter is a separate and… Read more