The million-copy bestseller, which is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 'The Things They Carried' is, on its surface, a sequence of award-winning stories about the madness of the Vietnam War; at the same time it has the cumulative power and unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme.
But while Vietnam is central to 'The Things They Carried', it is not simply a book about war.
It is also a book about the human heart - about the terrible weight of those things we carry through our lives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 25/07/1991
- Category: Vietnam War fiction
- ISBN: 9780006543947
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Review by adrianburke
A very moving account of Vietnam viewed through the lens of later on. At first I thought this was all a bit cliched and haven't I seen the film of this before but then the fragmentary construction, the repetitions, the endless going over the same ground got to me and I was hooked/haunted. Also a meditation on fiction, why we tell stories and how.