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The Things They Carried

A Work of Fiction
O'Brien, Tim (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Things They Carried
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"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. 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.
Authors: O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
Title: The things they carried
a work of fiction
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2010], c1990
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 233 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Tim O'Brien
Notes: Edition statement from dust jacket
Contents: Things they carried
Love
Spin
On the rainy river
Enemies
Friends
How to tell a true war story
Dentist
Sweetheart on the song Tra Bong
Stockings
Church
Man I killed
Ambush
Style
Speaking of courage
Notes
In the field
Good form
Field trip
Ghost soldiers
Night life
Lives of the dead
Summary: "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. 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.
ISBN: 9780547391175
054739117X
0618706410
9780618706419
Branch Call Number: FICTION OBRIEN 2010
Subject Headings: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Veterans Fiction Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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"A series of stories about the Vietnam experience, based on the author's recollections. O'Brien begins by sharing the talismans and treasures his select small band of young soldiers carry into battle."


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Nov 20, 2014
  • huy1993 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In his book, O'Brien captures vivid images of the forest, the soldiers, and the war its self. The book is not only about his own memory about the Vietnam War but his comrades as well. It reminds us of how war separates and unites people together.

Mar 24, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the Vietnam version of Red Badge of Courage.

Nov 17, 2013
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Now THIS is an American classic. Although I had to read this for English class, I more than enjoyed reading it. The soldier's perspective, conversations, personalities, and experiences are all of great interest to those who have never seen real combat. "The Things They Carried" is indeed a masterpiece, with so many different themes that can be connected to so many different types of people. This is what American literature is supposed to look like.

Apr 03, 2013
  • JCLJanineM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a book about how ordinary men thrust into the role of soldier in the midst of war use stories to deal whith their experiences. Excellent.

Jul 31, 2012
  • Poodles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A powerful fictionalization of a Vietnam vet's experiences during, after and before the war. If you like Slaughterhouse Five you will like this book.

Apr 01, 2012
  • darelene rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The real and the story blended.

Mar 13, 2012
  • angry_skull rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books ever written. The man can tell a story.

Aug 28, 2011
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For those who appreciate stories of war. These are well written stories about the experiences of one man and his plattoon during the war in Vietnam. They are a glimpse inside the mind of a soldier, sometimes dark and sometimes humerous but always very touching.

Jul 26, 2011
  • jasonkarb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book, but not what I expected. Does a fine job exploring the items (real or intangible) that our military take and / or leave with them during conflict. Moving.

Apr 26, 2011
  • allysonyj rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book explores the idea "What makes a Self?" from the points of view of a young brain-damaged man, his sister, and the neuroscientist who tries to understand and then to help cure his injury. These three characters are very vivid. A fourth character is there mainly to provide a plot. The neuroscientist is clearly modeled on Oliver Sachs, the popularizer of neuroscience in such books as "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat." It would be interesting to read the two books together.

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Aug 28, 2011
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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