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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

The million copy bestseller that redefined the way the world saw war. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.

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ISBN 9780008329693
Barcode 9780008329693
Published 14 April 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
Series 4th Estate Matchbook Classics
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ISBN-13 9780008329693
ISBN-10 0008329699
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Publication Date 14 April 2019
International Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
Series 4th Estate Matchbook Classics
Category Modern Fiction
War Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 280g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Fiction - Veterans, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Fiction, Psychological fiction, American
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The million copy bestseller that redefined the way the world saw war. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. The Things They Carried is the definitive account of what it was like being on the ground in Vietnam. But while that devastating conflict is central to the book, it is not simply about war. It is a book about memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is also about the human heart - about the terrible weight of those things we carry through our lives. The men of Alpha Company - Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins and Kiowa - slog through the emptiness and dangers of their Vietnam tour in this haunting and acclaimed collection, which has the cumulative power and unity of a novel.

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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
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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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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