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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried
 

Tim O'Brien won the American National Book award for his novel Going After Cacciato . This novel also springs directly from his experiences as a foot soldier in the Vietnam War and from America's trauma in coming to terms with it ever since.

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ISBN 9780002236034
Published 21 May 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
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ISBN-13 9780002236034
ISBN-10 0002236036
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publication Date 21 May 1990
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Fiction, American short stories
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Tim O'Brien won the American National Book award for his novel Going After Cacciato . This novel also springs directly from his experiences as a foot soldier in the Vietnam War and from America's trauma in coming to terms with it ever since.

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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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