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The Things They Carried is a classic work of American literature that has continued to transform people and lives ever since it first appeared on the literary scene. It is a groundbreaking meditation on war, memory, imagination and also the redemptive power of the storytelling.
The Things They Carried features the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa and the character Tim O’Brien, who survived his tour of Vietnam to find a father and writer at the age of Fourty three.
Taught everywhere from high school classrooms to graduate creative writing seminars, it has become required reading for every American and continues to challenge readers, shaping their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage, fear and… longing concerns.
The Things They Carried won the prestigious French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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The book is set during the US war in Vietnam with no specific year or location, although a few are mentioned throughout the book. The opening chapter (or I’ve seen it described as vignettes) is titled “The Things They Were Carrying” in which it follows a train into the jungles of Vietnam. Significant characters, of which you will hear more in the rest of the book, are described. Not only do we learn in great detail what they wore physically, but also emotionally. Everyone can be in the same place or situation, but the more we learn, the more not everyone wears the same things.
“The things they carried were largely driven by the necessity. Necessities or near necessities included P-38 can opener, pocket knife, thermal tablets, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, Kool aid kits, lighters, matches, sewing kit. , military payment certificates, C rations and two or three canteen water”. (Page 2)
Some of the things they wore were unique to the individual. Platoon leader LT Cross brought up pictures of a girl he longed for, but she didn’t return the same feelings. A soldier carried extra rations of peaches. Another was carrying an extra toothbrush, dental floss and soap stolen from a hotel during a break. Another always carried sedatives with him. Another wore condoms. Another had comics. One carried a New Testament Bible. The list goes on.
The first panel serves as an introduction and starting point for the other stories that follow. It doesn’t follow a rigid plot or flow in chronological order. A story the author might be writing as a middle-aged father revisiting Vietnam with his sometimes confused daughter. Then we look at the childhood of the novelist, also known as Tim O’Brien.
Using the author’s name as a central character gives the book the feel of a memoir, but it really isn’t. I had recently read the author’s actual memoir, If I Die in the Combat Zone, so I already knew it wasn’t, but I even had to remind myself that it wasn’t autobiographical. I have no doubt that the author drew on his own experience in writing this book.
If you’re expecting intense combat detail or intense hand-to-hand combat, this will likely disappoint, though plenty of gory and sickening detail doesn’t focus on gore or heroism. It is a series of vignettes that use the Vietnam War as a backdrop and draw on the various soldiers to tell a series of separate, loosely connected stories. Some are more believable than others, but it’s fiction.
There is often a feeling that there are underlying issues that are not apparent on the surface and warrant further consideration. I can see myself re-reading this and seeing things I missed before.
I can only recommend that. Not just for those looking for war or combat books, but great writing and storytelling. It makes you immerse yourself and reflect on what you are reading and the thoughts and motivations of the characters. I look forward to reading this again.
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