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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What are the underlying ideas of the thematic journey? The theme that is both reflected in the title of the book, as well as in many of the little stories O'Brien tells is the things that the soldiers ... Read full review

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Updated Review (11/24/15): I wanted to read this again, as I'd previously posted I'd read this in my first attempt at college. I felt the same reading it, and now I have the mental content to match ... 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 Tomcat in Love, If I Die in a Combat Zone, July, July, and In the Lake of the Woods, which received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. O’Brien lives in Austin, Texas.

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