The Things They Carried
OBrien has written a vital, important booka book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well. Michiko Kakutani, New York TimesA 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 OBrien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywherefrom high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writingit 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 Frances 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.
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