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The Book 'Things They Carried.'
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The Things They Carried is a collection of interrelated short pieces that ultimately reads with the dramatic force and tension of a novel. Each of the twenty-two short pieces is written with such care, emotional content, and prosaic precision that it could stand on its own. 

"Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a lifetime ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever." 
~Tim O'Brien
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. As they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves. 

With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.

The Things They Carried
O'Brien, Tim

Category: Fiction 
Publisher: Broadway 
Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages 
Pub Date: December 1998 
Price: $14.95 
ISBN: 0-7679-0289-0 Check Our Catalog

Guide to Abbreviations in the Book
Tim O'Brien Bibliography

 

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