The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow. Such incredible prose. I had no idea what I was getting into. I understood this was a war book, and about Vietnam, but I had no idea it was less of a book about war than a book about how war affects people, about the spaces between fighting, about slowly losing yourself in the darkness and the fear.
I had been afraid this was a glorification of war, but it is anything but. It is hard truth wrapped in incredible writing, and I am sorry I waited this long to discover it.