The Things They Carried
In 1979, Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato--a novel about the Vietnam War--won the National Book Award. In this, his second work of fiction about Vietnam, O'Brien's unique artistic vision is again clearly demonstrated. Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional... show more
In 1979, Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato--a novel about the Vietnam War--won the National Book Award. In this, his second work of fiction about Vietnam, O'Brien's unique artistic vision is again clearly demonstrated. Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later.
Publish date: April 1st 1991
Pages no: 273
Edition language: English
The things they carried by Tim O Brien is a collection of twenty-two stories chronicling the author's recollections of his time as a soldier in the Vietnam War. About one third ways through the book I realised that this account was not entirely based on fact and that some of the stories were ficti...
They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an...
Every bit as masterful and moving as I had been promised it would be.
Typically, I would never read a “war story”. Definitely out of my wheelhouse. This is not a war story. It is an emotionally charged character study of the human spirit told thru the combining of several short vignettes. Funny at times, tragic and disturbing in others, Tim O’Brien nails this one with...
If I could give more than five-stars to this I would, I loved it that much. I’d even say it was now one of my favourite books, with Tim O’Brien being one of my favourite authors. This is a collection of twenty-two fictional short stories about the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried being the fir...
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