The Things They Carried

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  • "They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but
    the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight. They carried shameful memories. They
    carried the common secret of cowardice.... Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to." A finalist for
    both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Things They Carried marks a subtle but
    definitive line of demarcation between Tim O'Brien's earlier works about Vietnam, the memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone
    and the fictional Going After Cacciato, and this sly, almost hallucinatory book that is neither memoir nor novel nor
    collection of short stories but rather an artful combination of all three. Vietnam is still O'Brien's theme, but in this
    book he seems less interested in the war itself than in the myriad different perspectives from which he depicts it.
    Whereas Going After Cacciato played with reality, The Things They Carried plays with truth. The narrator of most of
    these stories is "Tim"; yet O'Brien freely admits that many of the events he chronicles in this collection never really
    happened. He never killed a man as "Tim" does in "The Man I Killed," and unlike Tim in "Ambush," he has no daughter
    named Kathleen. But just because a thing never happened doesn't make it any less true. In "On the Rainy River," the
    character Tim O'Brien responds to his draft notice by driving north, to the Canadian border where he spends six days in
    a deserted lodge in the company of an old man named Elroy while he wrestles with the choice between dodging the draft or
    going to war. The real Tim O'Brien never drove north, never found himself in a fishing boat 20 yards off the Canadian
    shore with a decision to make. The real Tim O'Brien quietly boarded the bus to Sioux Falls and was inducted into the
    United States Army. But the truth of "On the Rainy River" lies not in facts but in the genuineness of the experience it
    depicts: both Tims went to a war they didn't believe in; both considered themselves cowards for doing so. Every story in
    The Things They Carried speaks another truth that Tim O'Brien learned in Vietnam; it is this blurred line between truth
    and reality, fact and fiction, that makes his book unforgettable. --Alix Wilber

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