The Things They Carried - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)Tim O'Brien (author)
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The million copy bestseller that redefined the way the world saw war.
One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.
The Things They Carried is the definitive account of what it was like being on the ground in Vietnam. But while that devastating conflict is central to the book, it is not simply about war. It is a book about memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is also about the human heart - about the terrible weight of those things we carry through our lives.
The men of Alpha Company - Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins and Kiowa - slog through the emptiness and dangers of their Vietnam tour in this haunting and acclaimed collection, which has the cumulative power and unity of a novel.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'One of the best war books of this century, an unflinching attempt to illuminate both its obscene physical brutality and the terrible mental overload' Guardian
'A thrilling and beautiful distillation of everything that has been thought, felt, or said about the Vietnam War and its long afterburn. A heartbreaking and healing masterpiece; time will make it a classic' Michael Herr, author of Dispatches
'Essential ... O'Brien captures the war's pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers ... a stunning performance. The overall effect of these original tales is devastating' New York Times
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This is the second O'Brien book I've read afer "Combat zone.." and I can say I'll be reading more of him.The connected stories collected together in his volume are quiet something. The... More
“The Things They Carried”
Tim always does a good job of putting across the madness of war, the courage of battle and also the fear and comradeship. This book states it is a work of fiction but as always Tim has drawn upon his own experience... More
The Things They Carried is an accurate glimpse into the Vietnam war given to you by somebody who was there. Some of the stories don't need action, they don't need people going into the jungle guns blazing to... More
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