Thursday, October 9, 2008

October: Haunting

I haven't been in the mood for horror, so for this month's BAM Challenge I opted for a book that is haunting in other ways.

Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is a collection of stories about his experiences in the Vietnam War. Part fact, part fiction, they are woven together in such a way that it feels more like a novel than a short story collection. It doesn't matter what is true and what isn't; the important part of this book is the general feeling of that time and place, and the author does a fantastic job of conveying that. The characters, and the author, are haunted by their experiences, and you will be too.

1 comment:

WeavingLibrarian said...


This book was one of our choices for our all Richmond reads program. It really is haunting. One of the best books I have ever read on the Vietnam war.

Thanks for making me think about it all over again