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March 24, 2010


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bermudaonion (Kathy)

Wow, I can't believe it's been 20 years and I just read the book. Boy, am I late to the game on that one.


I read TTTC in high school, and I think I may have been too young to really absorb it like you did. When I read Going After Cacciato in college, it blew my mind and completely changed everything I thought about war and war literature. It's still one of my favorites. I should really re-read TTTC.

Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

I just recently posted about his reading at D.C.'s politics and prose:

I love this book and how it generates discussion and emotion and more than that...touches deep to every reader's core.


I couldn't agree with you more about The Things They Carried. It's a life-changing book. Thanks for posting this!


I'm ordering this book this week--cannot wait. Liberal arts college in Nebraska? I live there so I'm always curious when someone has a tie to "my" state!

Book Club Girl

You'll love it Lisa - and sorry, that NE was for New England, not Nebraska. Specifically, Vermont. Thanks everyone for your comments!


I had to study a short story of O'Brien's for school a while ago--the title story, in fact--and it blew me away. I've hunted down the collection since then, and I've grown so fond of the man. :)

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books

Hanging my head that I haven't read THE THINGS THEY CARRIED. Thanks for the link to the NPR piece.

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