The Things They Carried (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
182 Reviews

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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Masterful storytelling and so humbly honest it hurts. - LibraryThing
Some were more difficult to read than others. - LibraryThing
The writing is crisp and clean with vivid images. - LibraryThing
It wasn't a war story, it was a love story... - LibraryThing
It could also provide a good opportunity for research. - LibraryThing
This man is a god of prose. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Richard Jespers - Goodreads

The title story is the best although the writing continues to be topnotch and moving throughout. The soldiers continue to carry their burdens (as does the reader) to the very end. I read the title ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gina Whitlock - Goodreads

Very moving story about Vietnam. The writers questions whether the stories are actually true - yet at the end you believe they are. There were stories of childhood, but mostly of the war, the deaths, the humor, and how the soldiers lived and died there. 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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