One of three books for my Personal • Deliberate Challenge 2011 √
At first, I wanted to present only a one word review: “awesome”. But then I decided to look up some synonyms to see if I could find a more perfect word. INCREDIBLE vied for my attention, as did WONDROUS. But I’m choosing
FORMIDABLE – inspiring respect through being impressively powerful, intense, or capable.
On many levels, I am surprised and delighted and haunted and moved and struck dumb by the words written by TO’B.
I am intrigued by the blurred lines between fiction and truth. Tim O’Brien himself narrates this work of fiction and yet it is not a memoir. I really liked how the Literary Feline explains in her Sunday Salon of August 15, 2010:
Tim O’Brien’s accounts of the Vietnam War in The Things They Carried are fiction, based in fact. It’s hard not to think of the book as completely nonfiction when reading it, especially since the author writes in the first person and the narrator shares the author’s name.
In fiction, there is truth. Sometimes it is easier to get to the truth through fiction than through nonfiction. We can see into the heart of it much more clearly. …The Things They Carried are good examples of portraying the truth in fiction at its finest.
I wonder about how the mind processes a tragic event; how memories distort or not over time.
I am impressed by the brilliance in the writing.
This is a MUST READ. Five slices of pie.
Fyrefly’s Blog Search Results, Sophisticated Dorkiness BOOK CHAT <— Kim has asks excellent thought-provoking questions, Trish’s Reading Nook, She of A Book Blog.Period, Lu’s at Regular Rumination (“At times, O’Brien is graphic and crude. But it never feels out of place or unnecessary…”), Sandy read/reviewed the Kindle version at YOU GOTTA READ THIS!, Nancy the Bookfool (“…quite simply, one of the most moving, beautifully written books I’ve ever read.”), Lisa’s Lit and Life, the Book Lady’s Blog explains that this is often a challenged and/or banned book, Heather J at Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books listened to the audio version. Feel free to add your review link to the comments are let me know and I’ll link it here.