RARA-AVIS: The Things They Carried

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Aug 2006

Finished this today.

His writing style is not something that I'm particularly keen on. He bares it all in a somewhat overwrought and melodramatic manner. I'm more into a Hemingway-like style. That might be just as overwrought and melodramatic, but it's capped with a stoicism that let's tension build, and leaves you with something at the end besides a boiled-over mess. O'Brien is also continually philosophizing. Personally, I'm more in favor of the Hemingway code hero's rule that you don't talk about it. I would rather read the story straight and be left to extract the philosophy from the subtext by myself.

Nevertheless, I liked the stories. I wouldn't rank them in the Literature category, but I could be wrong on that. He's got a lot of blue ribbons from the literary state fair. The stories are all related to the Vietnam war, and they follow a progression.


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