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Author O'Brien, Tim, 1946-

Title The things they carried : a work of fiction / by Tim O'Brien.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990.


Location Call No. Status
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  F O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Basement Materials  O'BRIEN, TIM    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Adult Fiction  FIC O'BRIEN    DUE 05-31-22
Description 273 pages ; 22 cm
Contents The things they carried -- Love -- Spin -- On the Rainy River -- Enemies -- Friends -- How to tell a true war story -- The dentist -- Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong -- Stockings -- Church -- The man I killed -- Ambush -- Style -- Speaking of courage -- Notes -- In the field -- Good form -- Field trip -- The ghost soldiers -- Night life -- The lives of the dead.
Summary The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves. With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.
Subject Vietnam War (1961-1975) (OCoLC)fst01431664
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Fiction.
Veteran. (DE-588)4188196-5
Vietnamkrieg. (DE-588)4063516-8
United States. (DE-588)4078704-7
Veterans. (OCoLC)fst01165710
Chronological Term 1961-1975
Genre/Form Psychological fiction.
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Psychological fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726481
Psychological fiction.
Other Form: Online version: O'Brien, Tim, 1946- Things they carried. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990 (OCoLC)555787706
ISBN 039551598X
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