The Things They Carried (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 
 
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.
 
Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.

The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  

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What incredible writing. - weRead
The prose, the stories, the oppressive feeling of war.. - weRead
I love the tension between storytelling and truth. - weRead
I survived, but it's not a happy ending. - Goodreads
Lemon Tree. Love the imagery. - weRead
I was a love story" (85). - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kenny Phelps - Goodreads

As the cover page claims, anyone interested in Vietnam or just the craft of writing and story telling in general would do well to read this. A quick read and a very enjoyable ride through the Alpha ... Read full review

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User Review  - Derrick - Goodreads

This book is amazing. That's the easiest thing to say about it. It has moments, lots of moments of extreme grotesqueness, and it has just as many heartfelt moments. (I teared up a little reading the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Tim O’Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, Pulitzer Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.

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