Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Things They Carried
This book was challenged and banned due to moments of profanity, which surprised me, because of how graphic parts of this book are. I am completely against censorship, but the reasoning to ban this novel seemed weird considering the other subject matter. I am not new to war stories or materials, but parts of this book did make me cringe. The raw truth that can only come from a soldier's mouth can sometimes be hard to take in. Being an avid lover of M*A*S*H and being the daughter of a history buff, I have had many a conversation and lesson of the personal experience of war, and every adaptation and different storyteller manages to teach something new. O'Brien did not fall short.
I loved these stories, I didn't always love the characters, but I think that O'Brien did a great job in bringing in his own voice and own renditions of the war to help the reader understand a little better what war is all about. This book reminds you that you can never understand, because even those in the trenches cannot fully understand it either.
I fully intend to read Tim O'Brien's other works, I appreciate his raw sincerity and ability to convey meaning in places that are usually foggy. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, especially those who are trying to understand society as a whole, or who are struggling with dealing with realities of life.