The things they carried [electronic resource] : a work of fiction
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The things they carried [electronic resource] : a work of fiction

By O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
OverDrive, Inc.

Genre Psychological fiction.

Published 1990. by Houghton Mifflin, Boston

ISBN 9780547420295

Bib Id 1529966

Description 1 online resource (273 p.)

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ISBN
9780547420295 (electronic bk.)
0547420293 (electronic bk.)
Title
The things they carried [electronic resource] : a work of fiction
Publication Information
by Houghton Mifflin, Boston :
Description
1 online resource (273 p.)
Contents
Things they carried -- Love -- Spin -- On the Rainy River -- Enemies -- Friends -- How to tell a true war story -- Dentist -- Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong -- Stockings -- Church -- Man I killed -- Ambush -- Style -- Speaking of courage -- Notes -- In the field -- Good form -- Field trip -- Ghost soldiers -- Night life -- 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.
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Psychological fiction
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