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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2010], c1990
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780547391175
054739117X
0618706410
9780618706419
Branch Call Number: FICTION OBRIEN 2010
Characteristics: 233 p. ;,22 cm

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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 24, 2014
  • reedstevens rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

O'Brian's vivid, wrenching story got me right at the beginning. 100% engaging and satisfying.

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.

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  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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