O’Brien, Tim. 1990. The Things They Carried. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-0289-0. $14.95. Paperback—Reprint.
*Prix du Meilleur Lirvre Etranger—France
*Heartland Prize—Chicago Tribune
*Pulitzer Prize finalist
*National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
Fictionalized account of experiences and stories heard by Tim O’Brien during his tour in Vietnam.
Going to war means hours of marching, carrying all your equipment and fighting the enemy. The men who fought in Vietnam also carried emotional baggage, shameful memories, reputations, relationships, cowardice and courage. This becomes apparent by the stories shared of which many are based on events that actually happened to the author or tales he heard from other people. Reading this book will you a greater understanding of what people went through in Vietnam. Above all it will help you to understand The Things They Carried.