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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

(1990)
A collection of stories by

 
Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
"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 border where he spends six days in a deserted lodge in the company of an old man named Elroy while he wrestles with the choice between dodging the draft or going to war. The real Tim O'Brien never drove north, never found himself in a fishing boat 20 yards off the Canadian shore with a decision to make. The real Tim O'Brien quietly boarded the bus to Sioux Falls and was inducted into the United States Army. But the truth of "On the Rainy River" lies not in facts but in the genuineness of the experience it depicts: both Tims went to a war they didn't believe in; both considered themselves cowards for doing so. Every story in The Things They Carried speaks another truth that Tim O'Brien learned in Vietnam; it is this blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction, that makes his book unforgettable. --Alix Wilber

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-60686-506-4 / 978-1-60686-506-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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March 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-547-39117-X / 978-0-547-39117-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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March 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried (Bloom's Guides)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7910-8171-0 / 978-0-7910-8171-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chelsea House Publications
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2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'brien
ISBN: 1-4025-6541-0 / 978-1-4025-6541-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 1999 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Things They Carried (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-8335-7486-8 / 978-0-8335-7486-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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December 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7807-0360-X / 978-0-7807-0360-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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June 1998 : USA Turtleback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-606-17083-9 / 978-0-606-17083-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 1990 : Canada Hardback
Title: Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7710-6828-X / 978-0-7710-6828-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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March 1990 : USA Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-395-51598-X / 978-0-395-51598-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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1990 : UK Hardback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-00-223603-6 / 978-0-00-223603-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-618-70641-0 / 978-0-618-70641-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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December 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: The Things They Carried (Spark Notes Edition)
Author(s): SparkNotes, Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-58663-827-0 / 978-1-58663-827-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: SparkNotes
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December 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7679-0289-0 / 978-0-7679-0289-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway
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July 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: The Things They Carried (Flamingo)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-00-654394-4 / 978-0-00-654394-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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April 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: The Things They Carried (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-14-014773-X / 978-0-14-014773-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

April 2014 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4915-1251-2 / 978-1-4915-1251-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4558-5159-0 / 978-1-4558-5159-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4558-5163-9 / 978-1-4558-5163-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4558-5167-1 / 978-1-4558-5167-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4692-3620-6 / 978-1-4692-3620-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4025-7369-3 / 978-1-4025-7369-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2003 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4025-7447-9 / 978-1-4025-7447-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
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1991 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-55994-361-0 / 978-1-55994-361-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Things They Carried
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Mariner Books
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