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PDF Title: The Things They Carried
Book File Type: PDF Download / Read Online
PDF Author: Tim O'Brien
Publication Date: Mar 28, 1990
Genre: War Fiction, Postmodern Literature, Historical Fiction
Audiobook : Yes
PDF Language: English

The Things They Carried is a collection of linked short stories by Tim O'Brien, first published in 1990. The book is a semi-autobiographical account of O'Brien's experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War.

The stories in the book explore themes of war, memory, truth, and storytelling, and they are notable for their innovative and experimental narrative techniques. The book has been praised for its powerful and moving depiction of the realities of war, and it is considered a classic of contemporary American literature.

The Things They Carried has won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and it has been adapted into a play and an audiobook narrated by Bryan Cranston.


"They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangible yet palpable presences."

"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. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie."

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