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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Author(s): Tim O'Brien

Location(s): Vietnam

Genre(s): Short Stories

Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century



A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America’s involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed.

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“Essential… he captures the war’s pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers… a stunning performance. The overall effect of these original tales is devastating.” NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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