The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Vietnam War experiences of the author are told in this outstanding work of fiction. This novel was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the acclaim is well deserved. The book is not a novel in the traditional sense, or a collection of short stories and not quite a memoir. The narrative is more a melding of all three formats into an inter-related work consisting of twenty-two stories that combine the war experiences of the narrator who also happens to be named Tim O'Brien but is not the author! The narrator having the same name as the author further blurs what is to be considered "truth" with fiction. The thread that holds all twenty-two stories together are the things that the soldiers carried in their packs, their consciences and their hearts while serving in the same platoon. Less an examination of the politics of war than a kaleidoscope of the memories and feelings created by it, this book is literary art at its best. Check catalog for availability.
Please join us at the Central Library on Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm for a discussion of this exceptional work. However, prior reading of this book is not necessary to join in the discussion. Tell the group about your experiences in the military or discuss the impact of military service on your family. Any and all contributions are welcome!
- Submitted by Dan @ Central