The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried

By Tim O'Brien

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 3.5
From 19 Ratings
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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.


  • Not Quite a Full Load

    By Bram57
    While it had its moments, it failed to pick me up and carry me away. The book succeeds when it is at its most personal. Unfortunately, the writing seemed somewhat labored and the plot of many the stories meander a little too much for my taste. I was often left with a sense pointlessness. Then again, was this not Vietnam? In which case O'Brien does achieve a small victory.