When I first read this I was 14 and I thought it was really stupid and I really didn’t like it. Then I read it again when I was 16 and I was completely confused. I didn’t see how I could have thought this book was stupid. It was so poetic and deep and I enjoyed it immensely. I’m not sure if this is his real experience in the war because he was in the war. It is about the experience in the Vietnam War. It is really symbolic because in war soldiers have to carry a lot of things in war that way like 30 pounds on their backs. What I liked about this was that Tim O’Brien wasn’t just talking about the things that they carried physically he was also talking about the things they carried mentally. This was amazing to me because the affects that war has on an individual’s life is altering and most of the time not in a good way. In the Vietnam War, there were mostly young men and they didn’t even know what they were fighting for. The emotional baggage from war causes some people to go crazy and when they come back from war they don’t know how to adjust back to normal life. This book is heartfelt and lovely. Tim O’Brien really made me feel like I was right with those soldiers, trudging right through the soil with them, hiding in bushes, and dealing with the loss of another man.
Posted January 24th, 2011 by NuriRhines