The Things They Carried

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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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User Review  - Lndlindsey - LibraryThing

The first story was incredible, not just the subject of the story but the mechanics of the telling. That is how you make the reader feel what you need them to feel. Perfectly crafted. The rest of the stories were also well done and moving (except for one that I didn't care for). Read full review

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User Review  - nicolewbrown - LibraryThing

O'Brien has put together a collection of short stories that are connected by the characters so that it almost feels like a novel, with him as the narrator. The cast of character include: Rat Kiley the ... Read full review

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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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