The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

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By (author) Tim O'Brien

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Format: Paperback | 246 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 13 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0618706410
  • ISBN 13: 9780618706419
  • Sales rank: 2,998

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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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"The best of these stories--and none is written with less than the sharp edge of honed vision--are memory and prophecy. These tell us not where we were but where we are, and perhaps where we will be. . . . It is an ultimate, indelible image of war in our time, and in time to come" -- Los Angeles Times"The Things They Carried is as good as any piece of literature can get . . . It is controlled and wild, deep and tough, perceptive and shrewd." --Chicago Sun Times"In prose that combines the sharp, unsentimental rhythms of Hemingway with gentler, more lyrical descriptions, Mr. O'Brien gives the reader a shockingly visceral sense of what it felt like to tramp through a booby-trapped jungle, carrying 20 pounds of supplies, 14 pounds of ammunition, along with radios, machine guns, assault rifles and grenades. . . . With 'The Things They Carried, Mr. O'Brien has written a vital, important book--a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times"[B]elongs high on the list of best fiction about any war....crystallizes the Vietnam experience for everyone [and] exposes the nature of all war stories."--New York Times, "Books of the Century""With The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien adds his second title to the short list of essential fiction about Vietnam. . . . [H]e captures the war's pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers. But he goes much further. By moving beyond the horror of the fighting to examine with sensitivity and insight the nature of courage and fear, by questioning the role that imagination plays in helping to form our memories and our own versions of truth, he places The Things They Carried high up on the list of best fiction about any war." --New York Times Book Review"When Going After Cacciato appeared out of nowhere to win the 1979 National Book Award, it seemed to many, myself included, that no finer fiction had, as of then, been

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"The best American writer of his generation." -- "San Francisco Examiner" A "New York Times" Book of the Century A Pulitzer Prize Finalist A National Book Critics' Circle Award Finalist Winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (France) Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize Now with over two million copies in print, "The Things They Carried "is a classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene. It""is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. ""The Things They Carried" is as good as any piece of literature can get." -- "Chicago Sun-Times" "This is writing so powerful that it steals your breath. ... "The Things They Carried" is about more than war, of course. It is about the human heart and emotional baggage and loyalty and love. It is about the difference between 'truth' and 'reality.' It is about death--and life."--"Milwaukee Journal" "Rendered with an evocative, quiet precision, not equaled in the imaginative literature of the American war in Vietnam." --"Washington Post " "You've got to read this book... In a world filled too often with numbness, or shifting values, these stories shine in a strange and opposite direction, moving against the flow, illuminating life's wonder, life's tenuousness, life's importance." -- "Dallas Morning News" "A book so searing and immediate you can almost hear the choppers in the background. . . This is prose headed for the nerve center of what was Vietnam." -- "The Boston Globe ""[An] ultimate, indelible image of war in our time, and in time to come." -- "Los Angeles Times" Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for "Going After Cacciato." Among his other books are "In the Lake of the Woods," "Tomcat in Love," "If I Die in a Combat Zone," and "July, July."