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GOOD STORY TELLING - OLDIE BUT GOODIE

  • Oct 10, 2004
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Read this one years ago and reread it again recently. Very good story telling here. This is a collection of stories, probably more about human emotions, than about war, although there is plenty of that too. Mr. O'Brien is a skilled writer whose prose is quite pleasing to the eye and ear. His insight to human emotion, particuarly emotions brought out by stress, is wonderful. This is an easy read and the book should be added to your shelf. Highly recommend.

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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...

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ISBN-10: 0767902890
ISBN-13: 978-0767902892
Author: Tim O'Brien
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Broadway
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