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A finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Things They Carried marks a subtle but definitive line of demarcation between Tim O'Brien's earlier works about Vietnam, the memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone and the fictional Going After Cacciato, and this sly, almost hallucinatory book that is neither memoir nor novel nor collection of short stories but rather an artful combination of all three. Vietnam is still O'Brien's theme, but in this book he seems less interested in the war itself than in the myriad different perspectives from which he depicts it. Whereas Going After Cacciato played with reality, The Things They Carried plays with truth. The narrator of most of these stories is "Tim"; yet O'Brien freely admits that many of the events he chronicles in this collection never really happened. He never killed a man as "Tim" does in "The Man I Killed," and unlike Tim in "Ambush," he has no daughter named Kathleen. But just because a thing never happened doesn't make it any less true. In "On the Rainy River," the character Tim O'Brien responds to his draft notice by driving north, to the Canadian border where he spends six days in a deserted lodge in the company of an old man named Elroy while he wrestles with the choice between dodging the draft or going to war. The real Tim O'Brien never drove north, never found himself in a fishing boat 20 yards off the Canadian shore with a decision to make. The real Tim O'Brien quietly boarded the bus to Sioux Falls and was inducted into the United States Army. But the truth of "On the Rainy River" lies not in facts but in the genuineness of the experience it depicts: both Tims went to a war they didn't believe in; both considered themselves cowards for doing so. Every story in The Things They Carried speaks another truth that Tim O'Brien learned in Vietnam; it is this blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction, that makes his book unforgettable. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Each Page is a Time Machine. They Also Peel Back the Curtain of Media Coverage and The Reader a will Experience Viet Nam/Personal Struggle on Every Level Imaginable.Published 1 day ago by Stephen A. Ball
More than any other book about Vietnam, this author threw the sands of reality into my eyes. The complexity of what is war, within oneself and in the nightmare of the Vietnam... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Showme Best
This is one of the most beautiful and heart breaking books I have ever read.
The way that Tim O'Brien weave the stories of Vietnam both false and true, his own life, and... Read more
I highly recommend this book. It didn't truly hit me until about a week after I finished it the full effects of war that he described, but when it did I loved this book even more.Published 7 days ago by Caleigh
A unique novel about written with a introspective view point about how the Vietnam war changed the person and his life.Published 7 days ago by David T. Taylor
I would recommend it for older kids and adults
I liked the book
I rated the book a 5 because it's a good book to read
This book is required reading for upcoming seniors, so I quickly ordered the book for my son. I started reading it and highlighting and taking notes as I read. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lisa Diaz