The Things They Carried

O'Brien, Tim, 1946- (Book - 1990)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Things They Carried

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Tales of soldiers' experiences during the Vietnam War.
Authors: O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
Statement of Responsibility: by Tim O'Brien
Title: The things they carried
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin / Seymour Lawrence, c1990
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary: Tales of soldiers' experiences during the Vietnam War.
Local Note: Published also by Penguin Books and Broadway Books
LCCN: 89039871
Branch Call Number: FIC O
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Apr 01, 2012
  • darelene rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The real and the story blended.

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.

May 16, 2010
  • BiblioPhyle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A tale full of loss, hope, and war. A great example of fictionalizing a true experience. I still think of subjects in this book long after I finished reading it

May 12, 2010
  • FearlessReader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tim O'Brien wrote this book twenty years ago but it is as relevant today as it was then. It is not only a raw and potent account of the realities of war, but a masterfully crafted novel that will challenge the reader's ideas about the truthfulness of fiction and storytelling.

Jan 03, 2010
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amazing, brutal, powerful stories about the Vietnam War - a bit too much writing about the writing of stories for my taste. Found it distracting.


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