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The Things They Carried

A Work of Fiction
O'Brien, Tim, 1946- (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.
Authors: O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
Statement of Responsibility: by Tim O'Brien
Title: The things they carried
a work of fiction
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 21 cm.
Summary: Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.
Subject Headings: War stories, American Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Veterans Fiction
Topical Term: War stories, American
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
LCCN: 2009029928
ISBN: 9780618706419
0618706410
Branch Call Number: FIC O
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November 16 2012


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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.

Mar 24, 2011
  • jplynch25 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Writing from someone who can call on the anguish in his soul to make magic on the page. Heartbreaking, genius.

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

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