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Create a List. Download to App. Ratings: Rating: 3. Length: pages. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong.
Military Bios. Home Books Military Bios. About the author TO. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in Related authors. Start your free trial. Page 1 of 1. In The Things They Carried, O'Brien plays with nonlinear and fragmented narrative structure, magical realism, and the power of storytelling to capture the visceral truth that telling the real story can't quite capture. For O'Brien, we must sometimes turn to fiction to capture what is "emotionally true" and, in doing so, be less concerned with an objective reality.
There is no metafiction razzle-dazzle, but rather a straight-forward, linear narrative that begins when O'Brien is drafted and ends as he boards the Freedom Bird headed toward home. It's powerful stuff, but not nearly as powerful as his fiction work. Despite that, anything by Tim O'Brien is better than almost anything else out there--fiction or non-fiction.
Real men were expected to fight. Real men were supposed to look forward to war. Real men craved the opportunity to serve their country and protect their families. O'Brien doesn't reject these values, but these views are complicated by his natural philosophical inclinations. He questions the nature of bravery, as well as how American intervention in Vietnam is protecting the average American's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In the aftermath, he's left with no certain answers: "Now, war ended, all I am left with are simple, unprofound scraps of truth. Men die. Fear hurts and humiliates. It is hard to be brave. It is hard to know what bravery is. Dead human beings are heavy and awkward to carry. Is that the stuff for a morality lesson, even for a theme? Can the foot soldier teach anything important about war, merely for having been there? I think not. He can tell war stories. And he does all of this without being preachy; he simply shows us what life was like for the average soldier and leaves us to draw our own conclusions.
His language is at once poetic and precise, getting to the heart of all things. No one can capture the peculiar mix of fear, adrenaline fed excitement, and remorse of a soldier's most introspective moments like O'Brien. At one point, O'Brien ruminates on Ernest Hemingway's fascination with war: "Some say Ernest Hemingway was obsessed by the need to show bravery in battle. It started, they say, somewhere in World War I and ended when he passed his final test in Idaho.
If the man was obsessed with the notion of courage, that was a fault. But, reading Hemingway's war journalism and his war stories, you get the sense that he was simply concerned about bravery, hence about cowardice, and that seems a virtue, a sublime and profound concern that few men have. This is a brief but interesting war story of O'Brian's year as a rifleman in the infantry in Vietnam.
O'Brian seems to fancy himself as a writer, which is rather optimistic, and his discussion of the nature of courage is not particularly useful. The stories are not as good as some other Vietnam memoirs, but the writing is excellent. A powerful book detailing the author's experience in Vietnam. Tim O'Brien writes in a literary manner as he relives his time as an infantryman during the Vietnam conflict and the characters he met there.
Pervading the novel is a sense of the wasted sacrifice of those soldiers who died fighting an enemy who was everywhere and nowhere and the relief on those like the writer who survived the war to return home to a changed America which did not appreciate their service. I read this in college, so I have forgotten the details, but I remember it being a very good book. A US soldier's memoir of his tour of duty in the Vietnam conflict. I didn't understand some of the literary references but the authour doesn't shy away from the horrors that he saw or his reactions to having to kill people he doesn't hate or know.
He struggles through his time in this conflict that he doesn't believe in and comes into conflict with higher officers about his opinions. A sobering read from a veteran who was lucky to come home with all of his limbs in one piece.
I really wanted to love this, because I love Tim O'Brien generally. But, I came away from this feeling like I had just listened to a bunch of random war stories about Vietnam and going to Vietnam, which I know was the point of the book.
I guess it made it feel a bit cliched - at this point, we've heard all this before, but it was probably more shocking or new at the time it was written. I also think he took the whole idea of storytelling much further with "The Things They Carried.
For me, this book didn't add up to much. Also the narrator had a really annoying Eeyore voice, so that didn't help. This book offered very little in this way of content. Pages are donated to Socrates and poetry, and I always got the feeling that the Author felt himself superior to the other soldiers fighting alongside him. There are other books by the author out there but I doubt very much if I will pick them up, maybe I will be missing out some great literature, but I am more than willing to take that chance.
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In twenty-three brief chapters, Tim O'Brien recounts his experience as a young man drafted into military service during the Vietnam War. With thoughtfulness and insight, he illustrates his inner turmoil over his opposition to the war, and his struggle to decide whether or not to dodge the draft or to flee basic training. With the vulgar humor of a foot soldier, O'Brien brings to life the foxholes and night marches through the villages and minefields of Vietnam. He bares his soul in an examination of courage, justice, and the brutal behavior of infantrymen in the Vietnam War. The memoir briefly recounts Tim O'Brien's childhood and education. This serves to help the reader understand what O'Brien stands to lose if he does not report for duty as called for by his country.
Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong.
O'Brien's introduction to life with Alpha Company is an abrupt transition to the vulgarities of daily life in Vietnam. The first strange days are like a weird tropical vacation in a war zone. Alpha Company moves along the beaches, followed by a procession of Vietnamese prostitutes.
It has subsequently been reprinted by multiple publishers under both titles, most commonly in the latter. O'Brien takes the reader through a typical day in the life of a soldier in Vietnam. We are briefly introduced to a small number of fellow 'grunts' and the commanding officer of Alpha Company, the rifle company O'Brien was assigned to, one Captain Johansen.
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