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They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated Bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. 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 men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Review:

"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

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"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

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"[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

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"Rendered with an evocative, quiet precision, not equaled in the imaginative literature of the American war in Vietnam. It is as though a Thucydides had descended from grand politique and strategy to calm dissection of the quotidian efforts of war....O'Brien has it just right." Washington Post

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"Powerful...Composed in the same lean, vigorous style as his earlier books, The Things They Carried adds up to a captivating account of the experiences of an infantry company in Vietnam....Evocative and haunting, the raw force of confession." Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Tim O'Brien's most renowned work returns to Houghton.

Synopsis:

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 

Synopsis:

Umberto Ecoand#8217;s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Mand#233;dicis Etranger awards.

Synopsis:

Umberto Ecoand#8217;s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Mand#233;dicis and#201;tranger awards

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Baconand#8212;all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where and#8220;the most interesting things happen at night.and#8221;

and#8220;Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers . . . Fascinating . . . ingenious . . . dazzling.and#8221; and#8211; Newsweek

Synopsis:

"The best American writer of his generation." — San Francisco Examiner

A New York Times Book of the Century

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist

A National Book Critics' Circle Award Finalist

Winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (France)

Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize

Now with over two million copies in print, The Things They Carried is a classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene. It is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

"The Things They Carried is as good as any piece of literature can get." — Chicago Sun-Times

"This is writing so powerful that it steals your breath. ... The Things They Carried is about more than war, of course. It is about the human heart and emotional baggage and loyalty and love. It is about the difference between 'truth' and 'reality.' It is about death--and life."--Milwaukee Journal

"Rendered with an evocative, quiet precision, not equaled in the imaginative literature of the American war in Vietnam." --Washington Post

 

"Youve got to read this book… In a world filled too often with numbness, or shifting values, these stories shine in a strange and opposite direction, moving against the flow, illuminating life's wonder, life's tenuousness, life's importance." — Dallas Morning News

"A book so searing and immediate you can almost hear the choppers in the background. . . This is prose headed for the nerve center of what was Vietnam." — The Boston Globe

"[An] ultimate, indelible image of war in our time, and in time to come." — Los Angeles Times

 

Tim OBrien received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are In the Lake of the Woods, Tomcat in Love, If I Die in a Combat Zone, and July, July.

About the Author

Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the acclaimed novels The Things They Carried and July, July. In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. O'Brien lives in Austin, Texas.

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Achowalogen, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Achowalogen)
Tim O'Brien can do no wrong with this book, even though many of his Vietnam Conflict soldiers did. Everyone of my friends who served in this "polce action" point to the realism within the binding of this book. Too bad that many suffered not only in the war, but when they returned home. No one that reads this book cannot helped to be touched by the writing of O'Brien. Made sure it was on mandatory reading list at my high school before I retired this past Augus.
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reader in NE, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by reader in NE)
Great in so many ways. connected or learned something on several levels or in several areas
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mgreiner1, October 28, 2011 (view all comments by mgreiner1)
Although this book is based on the author's Vietnam War experience, it is very relevant to understanding the experience of the military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. From Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage and from this wonderful book, the average citizen can learn about the inner experience of being a military service member. Only 1% of our US population serves, and the rest of us can benefit from learning of their sacrifices from the inside out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618706419
Author:
O'Brien, Tim
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
War stories, American
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 b/w images
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.52 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 256 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618706419 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "Rendered with an evocative, quiet precision, not equaled in the imaginative literature of the American war in Vietnam. It is as though a Thucydides had descended from grand politique and strategy to calm dissection of the quotidian efforts of war....O'Brien has it just right."
"Review" by , "Powerful...Composed in the same lean, vigorous style as his earlier books, The Things They Carried adds up to a captivating account of the experiences of an infantry company in Vietnam....Evocative and haunting, the raw force of confession."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Tim O'Brien's most renowned work returns to Houghton.
"Synopsis" by ,
A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 
"Synopsis" by , Umberto Ecoand#8217;s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Mand#233;dicis Etranger awards.
"Synopsis" by ,
Umberto Ecoand#8217;s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Mand#233;dicis and#201;tranger awards

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Baconand#8212;all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where and#8220;the most interesting things happen at night.and#8221;

and#8220;Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers . . . Fascinating . . . ingenious . . . dazzling.and#8221; and#8211; Newsweek

"Synopsis" by ,
"The best American writer of his generation." — San Francisco Examiner

A New York Times Book of the Century

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist

A National Book Critics' Circle Award Finalist

Winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (France)

Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize

Now with over two million copies in print, The Things They Carried is a classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene. It is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

"The Things They Carried is as good as any piece of literature can get." — Chicago Sun-Times

"This is writing so powerful that it steals your breath. ... The Things They Carried is about more than war, of course. It is about the human heart and emotional baggage and loyalty and love. It is about the difference between 'truth' and 'reality.' It is about death--and life."--Milwaukee Journal

"Rendered with an evocative, quiet precision, not equaled in the imaginative literature of the American war in Vietnam." --Washington Post

 

"Youve got to read this book… In a world filled too often with numbness, or shifting values, these stories shine in a strange and opposite direction, moving against the flow, illuminating life's wonder, life's tenuousness, life's importance." — Dallas Morning News

"A book so searing and immediate you can almost hear the choppers in the background. . . This is prose headed for the nerve center of what was Vietnam." — The Boston Globe

"[An] ultimate, indelible image of war in our time, and in time to come." — Los Angeles Times

 

Tim OBrien received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are In the Lake of the Woods, Tomcat in Love, If I Die in a Combat Zone, and July, July.

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