The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014014773x Global Overview for this book
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 12/4/2006
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19 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, December 04, 2006

Journal Entry 2 by okyrhoe at To another Bookcrossing member in By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Released 13 yrs ago (1/10/2007 UTC) at To another Bookcrossing member in By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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Αποστολή μέσω Ελ-Τα στην Luz-de-Luna.

Journal Entry 3 by Luz-de-Luna from Veria, Imathia Greece on Thursday, January 11, 2007
A really kind gesture by okyrhoe, which put a smile on my face! Thanks, dear! :-)

(totally unexpected RABCKs rule!!! LOL)

Journal Entry 4 by Luz-de-Luna at by post in by post, Tiara Sweepstakes Winner! -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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I'll follow in okyrhoe's footsteps and kindly offer this book to Lunabooks, the fellow BookCrosser who won the 8th Tiara Sweepstakes!
Congratulations!! :-)

Journal Entry 5 by Lunabooks from Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thanks for sending me this book, Luz-de-Luna! I had fun translating the Greek on the bookmarks as well :-)
Greetings from the Netherlands,
Patricia - Lunabooks, your name-friend :-)
PS: My son says Thanks for the beautiful stamps on the envelope! He's started collecting them since I won the sweepstakes.

Journal Entry 6 by Lunabooks from Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, December 30, 2007

It's time to let go of some books of Mount TBR without reading them, because I've been keeping them for way too long. Mount TBR has been growing and growing instead of been shrinking, so this book is now available and will be released soon.

Journal Entry 7 by Lunabooks at Strandpaviljoen Zoomers in Castricum, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, June 22, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (6/22/2008 UTC) at Strandpaviljoen Zoomers in Castricum, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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At a big BC meeting at the beach

Journal Entry 8 by ceruleam from Alkmaar, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, July 18, 2008
Same books about war are terrible. Some authors who write about wars are even more terrible. When you read a fine book about war, for instance the Eagle has landed, it is definitely no guarantee that other books from the same author are worth reading. This is book about most trivial and less trivial things which happen in war. I did enjoy it and I think I am going to enjoy the last pages.

Journal Entry 9 by marsala from - Ergens in de provincie, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, June 29, 2009
I actually signed up for a bookring of this book. It got stalled by the person who was supposed to send it to me. So ofcourse I took this one with me!

I've read it now and I thought it a very interesting read. It's very impressive and most of all it seems very real.

Journal Entry 10 by marsala from - Ergens in de provincie, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Thursday, November 05, 2009
I'm going to make this book a replacement for this bookray:

http://bookcrossing.com/journal/2771667

A few rules regarding this ray.

1. Please make a journal entry when you receive the book and when you let it travel on again.
2. Let us know what you thought of the book.
3. A month, I think, is plenty of time to read this book. If you take longer, no biggie, but please let us know.
4. Please always contact the next participant first, before sending the book, even if you allready have his or her adress.
5. Enjoy!

I will considerate everyone's location and shipping preferences, but I'm afraid I can't promiss you anything about this.

List of participants

- dutch-book (Holland, prefers EU shipping)
- EmgeeNL (Holland, prefers EU shipping)
- Oedde (Germany, prefers EU shipping)
- Danielle23 (UK, prefers UK shipping)
- fluffy-owl (UK, prefers UK shipping)
- lucy-lemon (UK, prefers UK shipping)
- Jozebedee (UK, ships international)
- Shovelmonkey1 (UK, ships internatinoal)
- Hawksgirl (Tanzania, ships internatinal)
- SeamonkeyofTVCH (US, prefers US shipping)
- oldreader (US, prefers US shipping)
- arugh48187 (US, prefers US shipping)
- Perryfran (US, ships international)
- Valpete (US, ships international)
- Cat207 (Australia, prefers Australia shipping)
- Freepages (Australia, prefers Australian shipping)
- bookworm76 (Australia, ships international)
- Miss-Owl (Thailand, ships international)
- Ex2 (Taiwan, ships international)
- iiwi (Holland, ships international)

I list my bookrings at The Bookring Directory!

Journal Entry 11 by marsala at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/12/2009 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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To the first participant!

Journal Entry 12 by dutch-book from Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, November 13, 2009
It just arrived at my doorstep. And it was my lucky day, because in total I received 4 books. This one will be read asap. I don't think it will take long.

Journal Entry 13 by dutch-book from Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Tuesday, December 01, 2009
This one took longer than expected. I read a lot of pages, then put it away. Just to finish it today.
This book doesn't have the impact on me as it has on some other people. I did enjoy it however. I already got the next persons adress. This one will be sent tomorrow.

Journal Entry 14 by dutch-book at Abcoude, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/2/2009 UTC) at Abcoude, Utrecht Netherlands

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Off to it's next reader!

Journal Entry 15 by EmgeeNL from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, December 03, 2009
The book arrived today

December 8:
Finished reading the book yesterday. It is a wonderfull book to read. especially liked the first chapter about the things they carried. Great to read a book about the war that is not about heroic stuff, but more about what the war does to people without getting to sentimental.

I already have Oedde's address so I will mail it to her asap

Journal Entry 16 by EmgeeNL at controlled release, a controlled release -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, December 08, 2009

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The book is on it's way to the next reader in Germany

Journal Entry 17 by Oedde from Darmstadt, Hessen Germany on Monday, December 14, 2009
...and it has arrived a couple of days ago.
I have a few other books to read before this one but with the Christmas holidays coming up I don't think that should be a problem :)

Journal Entry 18 by Oedde from Darmstadt, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
A very good book in my opinion. The structure is unusual and interesting.
I especially liked the narrator's (and in this case probably also the author's) thoughts on storytelling, truth, lies, and make-belief. I am one of those people who won't read a book just because it tells a 'true story' or because it's based on somebody's 'actual' experience. I prefer utterly untrue stories. If a story is good, then it's good and that's enough. If it's good it is believable and thus possible.

Journal Entry 19 by Oedde at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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The book is on its way to Danielle23. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Journal Entry 20 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Sunday, January 24, 2010
The book has arrived safely and I will get to it as soon as possible, thank you xx

Journal Entry 21 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Thursday, February 11, 2010
I really enjoyed this book; the tone with which it was written, the different take on the traditional war story and the development with the characters. I read this through in a couple of days during my breaks at work and just couldn't put it down. Thanks for sharing the book and I'll try to get it posted out as soon as possible xx

Journal Entry 22 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, February 19, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (2/19/2010 UTC) at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom

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Off to the next in line xx

Journal Entry 23 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Received yesterday, thanks!

Journal Entry 24 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, February 28, 2010
Not great. A quick read that never really involved the reader. I liked the first chapter/story, but that was about it.

Posting off to the next in line tomorrow.

Journal Entry 25 by Fluffy-Owl at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (3/1/2010 UTC) at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom

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Posting off to the next in line. Hope it travels well and arrives safely.

Journal Entry 26 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, March 06, 2010
Arrived a couple of days ago. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. And I love the post-it with 5 reasons to join bookcrossing!

Journal Entry 27 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Well I finally finished this book today. I absolutely loved it, and will be looking out for a copy for myself. The "stories" were incredible - I love O'Brien's prose style. One of the best 1001 books I've read in ages. Thanks for sharing :-)

Journal Entry 28 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Received safely - thanks again Lucy! And thanks to Marsala for this ray - I should be able to get to this book quite soon. :)

Journal Entry 29 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 12, 2010
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought. I love the way that O'Brien tackles the sensitive and damaging effect of war on man, and thought the book was well written and also quite amusing in parts.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Released 9 yrs ago (4/12/2010 UTC) at A non-bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Off now to shovelmonkey1 who is next in line. Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 31 by shovelmonkey1 from Penge, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, April 19, 2010
Received today - thanks to everyone involved! Am looking forward to reading this and seeing what it's all about as it's had a mixed review so far. Just got to finish reading The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck first then will be moving onto this book.

Journal Entry 32 by shovelmonkey1 from Penge, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Really enjoyed this book and am glad to have ticked it off the 1001 list so thanks for the opportunity to do so! I don't know much about the Vietnam War but this book pretty much confirmed my suspicions about time spent crawling through paddy fields and jungle looking for an indeterminate enemy while really wishing you were at home, at college or basically anywhere but being the FNG in the DMZ. My friend is moving to Vietnam next month so i think a copy of this book will make an ideal present for him.

Now ready to travel to Hawksgirl in Tanzania.

Released 9 yrs ago (4/21/2010 UTC) at A non-bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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This book is now travelling to Hawksgirl in Tanzania although it might take a little time as i'm sure the airmail is now super slow and backlogged due to volcanic ash clouds from Iceland bringing the skies above Britain to a complete standstill for 6 days.

Journal Entry 34 by hawksgirl at Dodoma, Dodoma Tanzania on Friday, January 28, 2011
Just received this book. Unfortunately, I also received a copy of this book as a Christmas gift just a few weeks ago! I'll still pass it on once I have an address. Thanks!

Journal Entry 35 by SeamonkeyofTVCH at Fountain Valley, California USA on Saturday, February 19, 2011
Just arrived in the mail today from Tanzania! Thanks so much for passing this along. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. I had joined the original ring/ray that had stalled, so it was a nice surprise.

I'll get to it very soon and then mail off to next on the list. Hmm.. I recently mailed a book from another ring to this same person, but will probably have to ask again for an address.

Journal Entry 36 by SeamonkeyofTVCH at Fountain Valley, California USA on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I thought this was so well written and illuminating. Having lived through that time with all the turmoil, the draft, the lottery for the draft.. I remember well my brother getting a very low number and being called fit even with a terrible knee problem, so he went into the National Guard where the boot camp completed the wrecking of the knee but finally some officer noticed when he literally fell down stairs when the knee gave out and sent him to the hospital and he was eventually discharged. I guess so many were claiming nonexistent injuries..

Anyway, gritty and real, somehow dreamy in a nightmareish way. Words and images.. well worth the read and the long wait.

Thanks so much for resurrecting this ring!

I have PM'd oldreader, who is next (and who co-incidentally was next on the list for my last bookring..) and await her info and also to know she still wanted to be in the ring...

Then I'll ship it off to her.

Journal Entry 37 by SeamonkeyofTVCH at Fountain Valley, California USA on Friday, February 25, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (2/24/2011 UTC) at Fountain Valley, California USA

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This excellent book is on its way to oldreader.

Journal Entry 38 by SeamonkeyofTVCH at Fountain Valley, California USA on Sunday, March 06, 2011
I sent this first class mail and put tracking on it and per USPS it arrived as expected on Feb 26 and was out for delivery. I have successfully mailed another book in another ring to this bookcrosser, so hope it has been delivered!

Label/Receipt Number: 0310 2010 0000 3765 9665
Expected Delivery Date: February 26, 2011
Class: First-Class Mail®
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Status: Delivery status not updated

The delivery status for this item has has not been updated as of February 26, 2011, 10:53 pm.

Detailed Results:

Delivery status not updated as of February 26, 2011, 10:53 pm
Out for Delivery, February 26, 2011, 8:53 am, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA 95621
Sorting Complete, February 26, 2011, 8:43 am, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA 95621
Arrival at Post Office, February 26, 2011, 5:18 am, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA 95621
Processed through Sort Facility, February 24, 2011, 9:43 pm, LONG BEACH, CA 90809
Acceptance, February 24, 2011, 10:41 am, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA 92728


Journal Entry 39 by oldreader at Citrus Heights, California USA on Monday, March 07, 2011
sorry thought that I had journaled.Am sure that I did as when I started to type in the # it came up after only hitting first 3 digits.odd.Am reading.Did not mean to put you in a panic but do understand as am waiting for large parcel(read not cheap) that should have been here over a week ago and cannot be found.
am currently reading.

Journal Entry 40 by SeamonkeyofTVCH at Fountain Valley, California USA on Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Thanks, oldreader. I don't doubt that you did journal immediately, as I know youdid that last time I sent you a book for another ring. I know quite often I have to send a second PM to someone when the first just doesn't get through.. has happened any number of times here.

Just happy you have the book.

Journal Entry 41 by oldreader at Citrus Heights, California USA on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
not sure how I feel about this.Could not get all the way to the end.usually finish a book but this was somehow not an easy subject.Perhaps I knew too many there.will mail when I receive next addy.thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 42 by oldreader at -- BookRing, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (3/16/2011 UTC) at -- BookRing, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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you have found a bookcrossing book.This is a free site that tracks the books as they travel.Please journal this when you find it and after reading.
You may remain anonymous.
mailed out today

Journal Entry 43 by arugh48187 at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, April 08, 2011
Found this book in my PO box today. I have a few rings in front of it, but it shouldn't tarry too long. Thanks.

Journal Entry 44 by arugh48187 at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, October 14, 2011
Well, it's been more than a month and this one is still here. I have read it though. I did enjoy the author's perspective on the Vietnam War and his writing style. Sometimes it is the small things that make a story interesting, and I like the fact that he comes right out and tells people "You will never understand how it is to be in a war, but here is what you can understand."

Thanks for sharing and sorry for keeping it hostage for so long. It will go out to the next reader in a week or so.

Journal Entry 45 by arugh48187 at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Mailed off to valpete who is next on the list. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 46 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thanks for sending this along. It will be a while before I get to it, as I have many Rings/Rays ahead of this one.

Journal Entry 47 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Saturday, June 02, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/4/2012 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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I'll be sending this to a Book Mooch pal.

Journal Entry 48 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Saturday, June 02, 2012
I just realized this is a Ring. I've contacted the next person on the list for her mailing address. I'll keep it moving. I won't be sending it to a Book Mooch pal, as indicated.

A.memoir of Vietnam Nam. A difficult subject. I found it repetitious, although enlightening. A veteran's recollections of the horrors our young soldiers endured during this senseless war.


Journal Entry 49 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Monday, June 04, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/4/2012 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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My apologies for keeping this so long. The next person on the list asked to be skipped, so it'll be on its way to FreePages. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 50 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, June 22, 2012
Forgot all about this one!
I'm interested in The Things They Carried because it was shortlisted for the Pulitzer, and it is included in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
I have a few others on Mount Toobie before I get to this one, hubby has snavelled it for the moment.
Thanks for sending it on :)

Journal Entry 51 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, August 03, 2013

Hubby and I both enjoyed this book.
We've both read quite widely on Vietnam and the Vietnam war, even though we were both quite young during the war, being born in the late 60s. The war still looms quite large in the mindset of Australians of that generation and my generation. Like in the US, Australians were conscripted and participated in the Vietnam war, our country being involved with the US as part of the ANZUS treaty. My boss was in the Australian Navy at the time and fortunately my father and uncles were not called up.
Much like in the US, there was a huge backlash on returning soldiers and many Australians did not support our participation in it. And I agree it was all pretty senseless.
This novel was overall better prose and the subject matter was delivered in a better style then many other novels I've read on Vietnam. For quite a short book it delivered quite a punch. Although, it seemed all very familiar due to my other reading on the subject.
A very worthwhile read, I'd really recommend it to others who haven't read much on Vietnam or the war.
Thanks for the opportunity to read it, and for everyone's patience while I got to it. :-)

I've PMed the next person on the ray, bookworm76, when I hear back from them, I'll send it on.



Journal Entry 52 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (8/6/2013 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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As soon as the rain stops, I'll have this in the post to bookworm76.
Enjoy :-)

Journal Entry 53 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, February 03, 2018
Quite a while ago I sent this book to the next person on the list but it came back in the post as a return to sender.
Then it seemed to disappear for a while at the back of a cupboard adn I found it during a clean up.
I've asked for the next person's address and I'll try resending it one more time.


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