Friday, November 7, 2014

The Things They Carried.

Probably one of the more powerful collections of short fiction I have read in some time, Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is by this time a well-known collection of stories dealing with the Vietnam War and it’s after effects.

But these are not just war stories.  O’Brien turns his attention to the nature of storytelling itself, its functions, what it can and can’t do, especially about such weighty topics as war, love, life and death.

Simply compelling and fascinating, The Things They Carried has much to teach writers about the inherent strengths and limitations of their craft.

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