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Tim O'Brien (1) (1946–)

Autor(a) de The Things They Carried

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About the Author

Tim O'Brien was born on October 1, 1946 in Austin, Minnesota. He graduated from Macalester College in 1968 and was immediately drafted into the U. S. Army, serving from 1969 to 1970 and receiving a Purple Heart. Three years later, his memoirs of the Vietnam War were published as If I Die in a mostrar mais Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home. Later works include Northern Lights (1975), Going After Cacciato (1978, winner of the National Book Award), and The Things They Carried (1990, winner of the Melcher Book Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award). (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: English: Author Tim O'Brien at the 2012 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, United States. O'Brien won the 1979 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Going After Cacciato.

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Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Artista da capa — 1,561 cópias
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuinte — 1,132 cópias
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 748 cópias
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Contribuinte — 479 cópias
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 398 cópias
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contribuinte — 369 cópias
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuinte — 327 cópias
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuinte — 279 cópias
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Contribuinte — 163 cópias
Granta 29: New World (1989) — Contribuinte — 151 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contribuinte — 125 cópias
Leaving Home: Stories (1997) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuinte, algumas edições95 cópias
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contribuinte — 94 cópias
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Contribuinte — 82 cópias
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Escape: Stories of Getting Away (2002) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest (1993) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Hemingway [2021 TV miniseries] (2021) — Self — 12 cópias
Night: A Literary Companion (2009) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias


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In an almost stream of consciousness, The Things They Carried chronicles O’Brien’s memories as he returns to Vietnam in 1994 – “now a 43-year-old writer.” His disparate, antithetical, sometimes rambling, and raw storytelling style is totally unique and thoroughly engaging. His thoughts, his writing (almost as if he jots down the first thing that pops into his head) the things he left in, and the things he left out kept me hooked – it’s not just the same old A to Z storyline (which is normally fine. It’s just not the way O’Brien does it, at least in this book).

In 1968, PFC O’Brien and his clan were grunts, part of an infantry battalion in Vietnam. And as grunts, everything they needed, they carried. WEIGHT mattered! There were some things, like a helmet, boots, and flak jacket that every soldier carried; there were things they might be assigned to carry, like a radio, or the M-60 machine gun, perhaps extra ammo, and four or five mortar rounds (ugh!); there were also personal things like chewing gum, a deck of cards, maybe pictures of a girl back home, that they wanted to carry; and then there were the things – HEAVY things – things they did not want, nor were ordered, to carry. Nonetheless, at war and at home, carry these things they did – and that’s what this book is about.

Of Breaking Bad fame, Brian Cranston’s narration is simply outstanding! In fact, I don’t think it could have been done better. Normally I’ll listen to the audiobook and read the e-book. Not this time! After listening for about two seconds, I no longer wanted to READ, I only wanted to LISTEN.

(Oh, almost forgot - there’s a 30-minute bonus at the end, one of O’Brien’s New York Times articles, that he it’s good, and it’s cool to hear O’Brien’s real, gravelly, nicotine-stained voice – but I’m glad he went with Cranston for the main act 😊)
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MajorChris | outras 392 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |
The Things They Carried is an emotionally engaging novel built out of twenty-two vignettes about the Vietnam War. The stories told feel familiar to anyone who has read or seen other fictional portrayals of that war: involuntary participants who endure pointless patrols, engage in senseless acts of violence and killing, and witness and suffer ironic deaths. What separates this book from those works is its metafictional aspect, in which the real author inserts himself as a fictional Tim O'Brien, one who both relates his experiences and comments on them twenty years later.

I am not overly fond of this trick. The fictive O'Brien's presence gives the novel a confusing memoir feel and—to me—needlessly interferes with the reality of the story—an ironic criticism, given that the narrator repeatedly discusses the truth of the untrue stories both he and the soldiers in his outfit tell, going so far as to assert that "absolute occurrence [of a true war story] is irrelevant."

There is a highly effective circularity within the stories; events (particularly deaths) are referred to in one, shown in another, analyzed in a third and fourth. The imagery of Vietnam is powerful: the jungle and night (really the darkness) as living beasts, the near-mythical elusiveness of the rarely seen enemy. At the center of these images is the shit field—literally a swamp created by the merging of the fecal runoff of an unnamed village with the overflowing Song Tra Bong river. The shit field is also figuratively the morass that was the Vietnam War, and O'Brien skillfully weaves these two roles together while telling of the death of a good friend during an overnight bivouac. After several soldiers reveal their own roles in Kiowa's death, the ultimate truth revealed is that all those claiming responsibility are indeed guilty, yet simultaneously none are.

The truest parts of this novel are the Vietnam experiences and their aftermaths. The one part I felt could have been omitted without impact was the concluding story about a childhood friend dying of a brain tumor when the author is ten. But overall, The Things They Carried delivers both the fictional and real O'Brien's stated goal of providing the reader with the feeling of the war, regardless of its truth.
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skavlanj | outras 392 resenhas | Mar 19, 2024 |
Mel just never got around to this not sure if it just wasn't his thing. Bank robbers, not Vietnam, not history
cnfoht | outras 8 resenhas | Mar 13, 2024 |
Didn't love it - didn't care - didn't finish
xfitkitten | outras 8 resenhas | Mar 9, 2024 |


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