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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried
  

Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

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ISBN 9780618706419
Published 13 October 2009 by Houghton Mifflin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
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ISBN-13 9780618706419
ISBN-10 0618706410
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Imprint Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
Publication Date 13 October 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By O'Brien, Tim
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Fiction
War Fiction
Short Stories
Number of Pages 246
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 204g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Psychological fiction, War stories, War stories, American, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans
NBS Text Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 281170

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Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review <p> The best of these stories--and none is written with less than the sharp edge of honed vision--are memory and prophecy. These tell us not where we were but where we are, and perhaps where we will be. . . . It is an ultimate, indelible image of war in our time, and in time to come -- Los Angeles Times<p> The Things They Carried is as good as any piece of literature can get . . . It is controlled and wild, deep and tough, perceptive and shrewd. --Chicago Sun Times<p> In prose that combines the sharp, unsentimental rhythms of Hemingway with gentler, more lyrical descriptions, Mr. O'Brien gives the reader a shockingly visceral sense of what it felt like to tramp through a booby-trapped jungle, carrying 20 pounds of supplies, 14 pounds of ammunition, along with radios, machine guns, assault rifles and grenades. . . . With 'The Things They Carried, Mr. O'Brien has written a vital, important book--a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well. --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times<p> [B]elongs high on the list of best fiction about any war....crystallizes the Vietnam experience for everyone [and] exposes the nature of all war stories. --New York Times, Books of the Century <p> With The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien adds his second title to the short list of essential fiction about Vietnam. . . . [H]e captures the war's pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers. But he goes much further. By moving beyond the horror of the fighting to examine with sensitivity and insight the nature of courage and fear, by questioning the role that imagination plays in helping to form our memories and our own versions of truth, he places The Things They Carried high up on the list of best fiction about any war. --New York Times Book Review<p> When Going After Cacciato appeared out of nowhere to win the 1979 National Book Award, it seemed to many, myself included, that no finer fiction had, as of then, been

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Author's Bio

Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, Pulitzer Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.

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