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Publisher Description

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. 
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.
Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.

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.

Fiction & Literature
October 13
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

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Very good war book

Tim does a very good job on explaining the Vietnam war. He makes you feel like you were in the war. The book is an experience.

*til death do us part* ,

Terrible Writing

I don’t care if the story is fact or fiction—it’s the poor, disjointed writing that ruins the book for me. The beginning was strong but after the first 75 pages or so, it just goes downhill and never makes it back.

I feel dumb! ,

War statement

I read this in college and still own it to this day. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It does of good job of bringing you down to the level of what it meant to be a soldier. They carried a lot of physical things and that’s how the book starts out, listing everything they had to carry and it’s weight but then plays into all the emotional aspects of what they ended up carrying with them and how it weighed and took a much harder toll.

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