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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)
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Título:The Things They Carried
Autores:Tim O'Brien (Autor)
Informação:Broadway (1998), 246 pages
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The Things They Carried de Tim O'Brien (1990)

Adicionado recentemente porDeLarco, biblioteca privada, Crow2525, JessicaRushTX, jenniferw88, Jan.K, jamcnerney, GnomonLibrary, rickrod713
Bibliotecas HistóricasTim Spalding
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    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...
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    Beaufort de Ron Leshem (SqueakyChu)
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    Chickenhawk de Robert Mason (chrisharpe)
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    What It Is Like to Go to War de Karl Marlantes (TooBusyReading)
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    When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace de Le Ly Hayslip (crislee123)
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    Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History de Wallace Terry (crislee123)
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    The Five O'Clock Follies: What's a Woman Doing Here, Anyway? de Theasa Tuohy (Preatarius)
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    Out of Mesopotamia de Salar Abdoh (susanbooks)
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    Matterhorn de Karl Marlantes (andyg227, chrisharpe)
    andyg227: An incredible journey of soldiers fighting and dying in the Vietnam War.
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    The Naked and the Dead de Norman Mailer (ateolf)
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    A Rumor of War de Philip Caputo (mcenroeucsb)
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    Adjusting Sights de Haim Sabato (SqueakyChu)
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    Loon de Jack McLean (SqueakyChu)
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    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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“The things they carried were largely determined by necessity.”

That first chapter... wow! Really, the whole book, but the first chapter really stood out for me! Not a 'fun' read, but an important one! The author really drew me into the war in Vietnam, and made everything alive, even those who weren't. I felt at times that I was with the guys -Kiowa, Lavender, Lemon and the author himself. Though I'm very glad that I wasn't.

“Once people are dead, you can’t make them undead.” ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Nov 29, 2021 |
“A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it.” (p. 72).

They carry memories. They carry ghosts. They carry a great deal of psychological baggage. “They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.” (p. 8). Additionally, they carried many physical objects, some required, others desired, and some superstitious and comfort items. There are also instances of their carrying each other, sometimes alive and often injured or dead.

We’ve all heard that war is hell, and Tim O’Brien uses apt description to drive the point home. Being forced to trust colleagues with their lives is a complex and sometimes insurmountable challenge for many who served in VietNam. Few understood why they were fighting. The men who traditionally go to war are often teenagers and still developing in many ways. Learning to be an adult in the backwoods of VietNam was terrifying. Fear prevailed: “I feared losing the respect of my parents. I feared the law. I feared ridicule and censure.” (p. 45).

The anecdotes highlight how deeply affected and changed the men were after their war experiences. O’Brien illustrates PTSD and other conditions through the characters in the segments of the stories used in this book. Some of the descriptions are gruesome, yet he writes in a way that makes the reader sympathize with troubled and sometimes misguided people.
Interviews with the author indicate that some of the stories are more factual than others. However, he discloses many times that much of the power is in the storytelling itself. “I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” (p. 191).
In this modern classic, we are reminded many times through carefully crafted tales that stories keep culture alive.
See all my reviews at https://quipsandquotes.net/ ( )
  LindaLoretz | Nov 20, 2021 |
The Things They Carried is much more complex than the other war stories I have read. While some of the stories may not be "true" events, they are written to invoke the emotions and changes that war creates. "The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" was the most compelling story, as its bizarre nature lends itself to fiction, but, as O'Brien insists, the most grotesque war stories often contain the most truth. Although the book may be a work of fiction, I believe that it illustrates the truth of war equally, if not better, than nonfiction war novels. ( )
  sophie..cohen | Nov 4, 2021 |
I thought this book was very interesting. In this story, Tim O’brien talks about a lot of stories: before the war, during the war, and after the war. It is different from other war stories because O’brien does not sugar coat his stories. He tells the stories exactly like they were in real life, which I think makes it a lot more interesting. While telling all of these stories, he keeps it interesting for the readers by saying that if you are not in the war, you never know which story is real and which one isn’t. So, when the readers are reading every story, there is some doubt in their minds if what they read is true, or if it is completely made up. ( )
  Jilliangoldman | Nov 4, 2021 |
The Things They Carried tells several different war stories from Tim O'brien in the Vietnam War. O’brien really captures all aspects of war and gets the reader to deeply understand the aspects of war (as best as possible without actually being in one). Each story is different from the next. Some about love, some about death, some being silly, and some being nerve racking. The writing is amazing and I was excited to read the next chapter every time. There are some inappropriate topics and language in the book; I would recommend it to anyone of the age 14 and up. It is a must read. If you are interested in learning more about what it is like to be in a war, this is the book.
  erush23 | Nov 2, 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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