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The things they carried : a work of fiction / by Tim O'Brien.

O'Brien, Tim, 1946- (author.).

This work depicts the heroic young men of Alpha Company as they carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780618706419
  • ISBN: 0618706410
  • ISBN: 9780547391175
  • ISBN: 054739117X
  • ISBN: 9781606865064
  • ISBN: 1606865064
  • Physical Description: 233 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Mariner books edition.
  • Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in 1990 by Houghton Mifflin"--Title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note:
The things they carried -- Love -- Spin -- On the rainy river -- Enemies -- Friends -- How to tell a true war story -- The dentist -- Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong -- Stockings -- Church -- The man I killed -- Ambush -- Style -- Speaking of courage -- Notes -- In the field -- Good form -- Field trip -- The ghost soldiers -- Night life -- The lives of the dead.
Target Audience Note:
880 Lexile.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 5.8 10 10 57010
Subject: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Veterans > Fiction.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Fiction.
War stories, American.
Genre: War stories.
Psychological fiction.

Available copies

  • 30 of 33 copies available at SPARK Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cambria County Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Portage Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 33 total copies.
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Portage Public Library F OBR (Text) 31814890137562 PORM Fiction Available -

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