The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien
Editor: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
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A great classic of American literature that has not ceased to change mentalities and life since it burst onto the literary scene,”The Things They Carry” is a revolutionary meditation on war, memory, imagination and the redeeming power of narration.The Things They Carry” represents the men of the Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character of Tim O’ Brien, who survived his visit to Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three years.Teached everywhere, from high school graduate classes to seminars in creative writing — it has become a mandatory reading for every American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of reality and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and desire.The Things They Carry” won France’s prestigious Best Foreign Book Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; he was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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