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The Things They Carried

By Andrew Lovett-Barron
Published in Reading
January 11, 2021
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The Things They Carried is a series of vignettes — dreamlike, boro-like from memory, trauma, and time — describing the author’s experiences in Vietnam, and the experiences his surviving friends had afterwards.

I read it last year on Memorial Day, and haven’t stopped thinking about it. Maybe it was because I had just read the Southern Reach trilogy as well, and that idea of history, memory, self, and its unmaking was still on my mind. But the real unreality of this book has stuck with me, and I can’t recommend it enough, though it is a painful and emotional read.

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