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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien was really great. I had to read it for an AP English class for the summer, and throughly dreaded doing so because I knew it was a war novel. Once I started reading it though, I realized it was much more than that. O'Brien's writing is fantastic and it really makes you think as well as feel. Pick it up!

Harry Haller

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I agree that he is talented but this is only based on the first few pages of this book. I have it but I have yet to read it through. His talent is pretty obvious though. A friend of mine has been reading through many of his books. He seems to be enjoying them a lot. He would recommend them as well. You may want to check them out.


starrwriter said:
O'Brien is the best fiction writer from the Vietnam war. If you like his work, try "Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason, who happens to be a friend of mine.

He is? Well, tell him from me that 'Chickenhawk' just knocked me out, particularly the ending. I've read it several times.

And Tim O Brien is a magnificent short story writer.


There's a follow-up? Why was I not informed. I want butts!

Even worse - it's not available in the UK (except for £30 plus second hand). Or in my library.

Life really sucks. You heard it here first folks. :cry:


Thanks. It's the international postage that kills. i'll just have to keep my eye out in the second hand shops.