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The things they carried : a work of fiction

Author: Tim O'Brien
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Broadway Books trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Short stories
Fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0767902890 9780767902892 9780767902890 9780618706419 0618706410 9780833574862 0833574868 9780329591250 0329591258
OCLC Number: 40251721
Target Audience: Young Adult.
Description: 246 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: The things they carried --
Love --
Spin --
On the rainy river --
Enemies --
Friends --
How to tell a true war story --
The dentist --
Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong --
Stockings --
Church --
The man I killed --
Ambush --
Style --
Speaking of courage --
Notes --
In the field --
Good form --
Field trip --
The ghost soldiers --
Night life --
The lives of the dead.
Responsibility: by Tim O'Brien.
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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.

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves. With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.

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