Reply Lucy Agree — I think some of these cranky people need to take something to regulate their blood sugars and calm down.
He speaks of living with the shame of the story, whose events occurred during the summer of The war seems wrong to him, its causes and effects uncertain.
Although his community pressures him to go, he resists making a decision about whether to go to war or flee. He spends the summer in a meatpacking plant in his hometown of Worthington, Minnesota, removing blood clots from pigs with a water gun. He comes home every night stinking of pig and drives around town aimlessly, paralyzed, wondering how to find a way out of his situation.
It seems to him that there is no easy way out. His conscience and instincts tell him to run. He worries, however, that such an action will lose him the respect of his family and community. During his sleepless nights, he struggles with his anger at the lack of perspective on the part of those who influenced him.
Feeling what he describes as a physical rupture in his chest, he leaves work suddenly, drives home, and writes a vague note to his family.
He heads north and then west along the Rainy River, which separates Minnesota from Canada. The next afternoon, after spending the night behind a closed-down gas station, he pulls into a dilapidated fishing resort, the Tip Top Lodge, and meets the elderly proprietor, Elroy Berdahl.
The two spend six days together, eating meals, hiking, and playing Scrabble. Elroy pulls in his line and turns the boat back toward Minnesota. He then goes off to war. He questions his own motives, and in this story he returns to the genesis of his decision in order to examine with us the specifics of cause and effect.Apr 02, · Many people think this is the best work of fiction ever written about Vietnam.
Some even think it is the best work of fiction ever written about war. Both are right, and they were right 20 years.
In Tim O’ Brien’s The Things They Carried, fear is an emotion that lives through the lives of the soldiers. This emotional phenomenon evokes a theme blurred between truth and fiction.
Fiction. In his National Book Critics Circle fiction finalist, The Things They Carried, O’Brien writes about not only the terrain of war, but the very landscape of stories as well. He finds his material “at the intersection of past and present,” he writes in the short story “Spin.”.
The Things They Carried is a different kind of book, but it shares with Going after Cacciato a powerful sense of how it feels for a soldier to be at war.
O’Brien doesn’t debate the merits of the Vietnam War, but thoughtfully speaks about the burdens, hopes and fears the soldiers in Alpha Company bore (thus the title of /5(K). In The Things They Carried, Vietnam veteran Tim O'Brien called upon his own wartime experiences, labeled them as fiction, and wrote one of the most emotionally potent books I've ever read.
It's irrelevant to me how much of O'Brien's book "really happened" because O'Brien's words and stories in The Things They Carried deeply touched me. . Seconded. I’d rate them as solidly “dry vegan cafeteria scone”. (Although they aren’t, to be clear, vegan.) Not bad, but also not something you’d buy if you enjoyed eating.