The Things They Carried, Paperback
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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:
  • Category: Vietnam War fiction
  • ISBN: 9780006543947



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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.