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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried
 

A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America's involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780006543947
Barcode 9780006543947
Published 4 July 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
Series Flamingo
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ISBN-13 9780006543947
ISBN-10 0006543944
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Publication Date 4 July 1991
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
Series Flamingo
Category Fiction
Vietnam War fiction
Short Stories
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 180g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text War Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America's involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'One of the best war books of this century, an unflinching attempt to illuminate both its obscene physical brutality and the terrible mental overload' Guardian 'A thrilling and beautiful distillation of everything that has been thought, felt, or said about the Vietnam War and its long afterburn. A heartbreaking and healing masterpiece; time will make it a classic' Michael Herr, author of Dispatches 'Essential...O'Brien captures the war's pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers...a stunning performance. The overall effect of these original tales is devastating' New York Times
US Review It's being called a novel, but it is more a hybrid: short-stories/essays/confessions about the Vietnam War - the subject that O'Brien reasonably comes back to with every book. Some of these stories/memoirs are very good in their starkness and factualness: the title piece, about what a foot soldier actually has on him (weights included) at any given time, lends a palpability that makes the emotional freight (fear, horror, guilt) correspond superbly. Maybe the most moving piece here is On The Rainy River, about a draftee's ambivalence about going, and how he decided to go: I would go to war - I would kill and maybe die - because I was embarrassed not to. But so much else is so structurally coy that real effects are muted and disadvantaged: O'Brien is writing a book more about earnestness than about war, and the peekaboos of this isn't really me but of course it truly is serve no true purpose. They make this an annoyingly arty book, hiding more than not behind Hemingwayesque time-signatures and puerile repetitions about war (and memory and everything else, for that matter) being hell and heaven both. A disappointment. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Tim O'Brien was born in Minnesota and served as a foot soldier in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, and after graduate studies at Harvard worked as a reporter for the Washington Post. When `If I Die in a Combat Zone' was published in 1973, it established him as one of the leading American writers of his generation, a status that was confirmed when `Going After Cacciato' won the National Book Award for fiction.

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