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The Things They Carried de Tim O'Brien
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The Things They Carried (original: 1990; edição: 1998)

de Tim O'Brien (Autor)

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This depicts the men of Alpha Company. 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.… (mais)
Membro:grimmerlaw
Título:The Things They Carried
Autores:Tim O'Brien (Autor)
Informação:Broadway (1998), 246 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:to-read, ebooks

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The Things They Carried de Tim O'Brien (1990)

Adicionado recentemente porRennie80, UA-Librarian, Carter_S, tank1010, humdinger, sseath83, zoefreilich
Bibliotecas HistóricasTim Spalding
  1. 80
    All Quiet on the Western Front de Erich Maria Remarque (chrisharpe)
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    The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam de Bao Ninh (ateolf, chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: A similar novel, just as powerful - from the North Vietnamese perspective...
  3. 10
    Beaufort de Ron Leshem (SqueakyChu)
  4. 10
    Chickenhawk de Robert Mason (chrisharpe)
  5. 00
    What It Is Like to Go to War de Karl Marlantes (TooBusyReading)
  6. 00
    When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace de Le Ly Hayslip (crislee123)
  7. 00
    Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History de Wallace Terry (crislee123)
  8. 00
    The Five O'Clock Follies: What's a Woman Doing Here, Anyway? de Theasa Tuohy (Preatarius)
  9. 00
    Out of Mesopotamia de Salar Abdoh (susanbooks)
  10. 22
    Matterhorn de Karl Marlantes (andyg227, chrisharpe)
    andyg227: An incredible journey of soldiers fighting and dying in the Vietnam War.
  11. 11
    The Naked and the Dead de Norman Mailer (ateolf)
  12. 00
    A Rumor of War de Philip Caputo (mcenroeucsb)
  13. 00
    Adjusting Sights de Haim Sabato (SqueakyChu)
  14. 00
    Loon de Jack McLean (SqueakyChu)
  15. 39
    Ilíada de Homer (jrgoetziii)
    jrgoetziii: Because The Iliad is a classic war story and The Things They Carried is not, but took a number of passages almost directly from The Iliad (one of these is the catalog in the first book, but there are many others, too). The Iliad covers significantly more range and depth, and its themes are timeless.… (mais)
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This collection of short stories shockingly document O'Brien's time in the Vietnam War and after. Brilliantly, O'Brien fictionalizes all his experiences, sacrificing literal documented truth for metaphorical truth that fiction allows readers to experience. He writes that though these stories are fictional, they feel "real" and communicate the trauma he felt when he was fighting in Vietnam.

The stories loosely follow a platoon of soldiers including Kiowa, Norman Bowker, Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, and Azar, to name a few.

O'Brien's simple yet gut-punching short stories will leave you sitting back in shock, and refuse to allow the reader to romanticize the Vietnam War as a just cause. A staunch protestor to the Vietnam War, O'Brien was drafted and forced to fight. His stories discuss the My Lai massacre, the youthful and immature drafted US soldiers' identities, love, fear, and what it means to die.

My favorite short stories in this collection include: "Love," "How to Tell a True War Story," "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong," "Speaking of Courage," "Notes," "In the Field," and "The Lives of the Dead" ( )
  lwpeterson | Oct 6, 2021 |
The Things They Carried is not really a novel or a short story collection, it's pages filled with episodes from those who went to Vietnam as young men and are now recalling their time there decades later.

Every once in a while, I get in a bit of a slump for what kind of book I want to read next, that's usually when I ask my boyfriend to pick a book (either from his collection or mine as we're both pretty big bibliophiles). This time, he gave me The Things They Carried. I was a bit nervous about it because I have read books that take place during a war, but never a book about the soldiers in a war, or anything about Vietnam, but he's never given me a book I didn't end up enjoying so I started it.

I fell into such a hypnosis with Tim O'Brien's writing. I could see and feel everything he wrote about. I can still recall parts of the book I read at the beginning as if I just put that part of the book down. It's one of the best narratives I've read in awhile. I don't want to write too much more because otherwise it will have spoilers about the book. But just know that this is a book I would recommend to those who want to see what an amazing narrative looks like. Unfortunately, there are some harder parts to read about, it is a war, but even those I wouldn't take my eyes away from the page and I kept on reading.

This book makes you feel things and realize stuff you've probably never thought about before. It's truly eye opening. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
I wish I'd read this in high school. This is a book that can change a writer's whole world view on his craft. Every page, every story, every sentence, Tim O'Brien walks such a fine line between fiction and non-fiction I didn't even know if that line actually existed or not. It was amazing, manipulative in the most refreshing way. Really, what tied all the stories together wasn't that they all featured the same characters and settings and themes--it was the concreteness of that idea, of how the essence of life flows in and out of truth. And the ambiguity of O'Brien's genre--was he just putting his memory down on paper? or was he making up entire characters, settings, even themes, only inspired by a random thought from his past?--seems like the most powerful method one could use to pinpoint it down on a page and say "This is it--this is what Vietnam was, what life there was, what life is," and actually, totally make the reader feel the essence of the war, and of the soldiers' lives.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is--I had no idea if the stories he was telling were true or false. But I understood what they were trying to say. And my understanding made everything worth it. It's been an hour and I'm still shell-shocked. Some of O'Brien's images and ideas are going to stick with me for a long time.

Beautiful writing. I was especially moved by the final story. ( )
  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. I had to read it for class and I don't always like all the books that I have to read (Beloved is a prime example) and I almost never would have kicked up any of these books on my own. On top of that, this was a war story. Maybe it would be a pity novel, or a story about an American hero. It wasn't. It was a collection of short stories all connected by unifying pain, guilt, and truth. His goal? To keep the dead alive through telling their stories. ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
Honest. Raw. War is hell. ( )
  richardzinman | Aug 17, 2021 |
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"As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, O’Brien’s powerful depictions are as real today as ever."
 

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This book is essentially different from any other that has been published concerning the 'late war' or any of its incidents. Those who have had any such experience as the author will see its truthfulness at once, and to all other readers it is commended as a statement of actual things by one who experienced them to the fullest.
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This book is lovingly dedicated to the men of Alpha Company, and in particular to Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins, and Kiowa.
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It was my view then, and still is, that you don't make war without knowing why.

I was a coward. I went to the war.
Garden of Evil. Over here, man, every sin's real fresh and original.
"Well, right now," she said, "I'm not dead. But when I am, it's like . . . I don't know, I guess it's like being inside a book that nobody's reading."
I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth. Here is the happening-truth. I was once a soldier. There were many bodies, real bodies with real faces, but I was young then and I was afraid to look. And now, twenty years later, I'm left with faceless responsibility and faceless grief.

Here is the story-truth. He was a slim, dead, almost dainty young man of about twenty. He lay in the center of a red clay trail near the village of My Khe. His jaw was in his throat. His one eye was shut, the other eye was a star-shaped hole. I killed him.

What stories can do, I guess, is make things present.
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This depicts the men of Alpha Company. 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.

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