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Things They Carried [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Tim O'Brien
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13. Oktober 2009
A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.
Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious 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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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mariner Books (13. Oktober 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0618706410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618706419
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 14 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,2 x 1,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (137 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 36.465 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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 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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"The Things They Carried is as good as any piece of literature can get . . . It is controlled and wild, deep and tough, perceptive and shrewd." --Chicago Sun Times
"[A] marvel of storytelling.... In prose that combines the sharp, unsentimental rhythms of Hemingway with gentler, more lyrical descriptions, Mr. O'Brien gives the reader a shockingly visceral sense of what it felt like to tramp through a booby-trapped jungle, carrying 20 pounds of supplies, 14 pounds of ammunition, along with radios, machine guns, assault rifles and grenades. He conjures up the resupply choppers that would arrive every evening with ''fresh watermelons and crates of ammunition and sunglasses and woolen sweaters,'' sparklers for the Fourth of July, and colored eggs for Easter. He describes the stultifying boredom of waiting for action, hour after hour, day after day; and the terrible shock of watching a friend be blown to bits, several feet away.... In addition, he manages that harder thing of making the reader understand the difficulties and consolations of writing about a war - this war, any war, the impossibility of conveying the horror, and the overwhelming need to make sense of that horror by arranging sentences on a page. With 'The Things They Carried, Mr. O'Brien has written a vital, important book--a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"[B]elongs high on the list of best fiction about any war....crystallizes the Vietnam experience for everyone [and] exposes the nature of all war stories." --New York Times, "Books of the Century"

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In Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, he presents a unique view of the Vietnam War. Experiences seen in the eyes of a soldier touch the reader on a more personal level. O'Brien uses exceptional detail to portray events in their actuality. Tim O'Brien's attentiveness to detail and his passion for the Vietnam War topic both contribute to the successfulness of his novel. O'Brien covers a wide variety of topics and situations throughout his novel. He covers all the aspects of war from things the soldiers carried to crushes that soldiers had on people back home. By writing about the little things of a soldier's personal life, he was able to convey a realistic, more personalized image of the war life to his readers. It seems important to O'Brien to present the truth and actual emotions felt during the war. Presenting anything but perfection would not be doing our veterans justice. O'Brien makes it obvious that he completely honors and respects the Vietnam War veterans. Accounts of a soldier's personal life are evident throughout the novel. O'Brien uses these personal accounts not only to present an accurate portrayal of war life, but also to show the diversity of the American soldiers that fought with dignity for our country. It is true that these personal recollections can all be either saddening, inspiring, or mind-boggling. Whichever the case, each individual story has a personal significance to every person who reads it. I would recommend this novel to any person who seeks a different version of the Vietnam War. Not only does it present historical facts, but it also gives the reader a perspective from the eyes of a soldier. I think that every reader will appreciate its thoroughness, and extreme attention to detail. Tim O'Brien's novel gives war veterans the honor and respect that they deserve.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Impressive! 9. Mai 2004
Vietnam has never be that close as in Tom O'Brien's book "The things they carried". In short stories the author tells the things which are carried by the soldiers fighting in Vietnam. They do not only carry their weapons and rucksacks, but also memories and stories which are to be told. And those stories go deep into the reader's mind and leave a mark. As a reader you are suddenly one of them and you fight with them, share their memories, cry with them, think you go nuts like them and try not to forget about what you're fighting for.
O'Brien is a great writer. He knows how to tell different stories without getting monotone and boring. He makes war as alive and deadly as it has been in Vietnam.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Must read this great book! 8. November 1999
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The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, is a story about life that is played out on a backdrop of the Vietnam conflict. As someone progresses through the book, one finds new meaning and simplifications of everyday life. O'Brien captures the essence of both the conflict in Vietnam and the deep feelings and thoughts that are within every one of us. His style of writing is like no other I have seen. He mixes a sense of realism into this fictitious story. Though it was based on a true event, he developed dialogue and personalities for each of the characters as if it were a work of fiction. If O'Brien did not tell us before hand that the novel was fiction, one would definitely believe it truly happened sometime in his life. The style of writing does not alter or hamper the true meaning that one will find in this superb book. It is irrelevant whether or not it is true or a work of fiction, because his meaning and thoughts surface no matter how it was written. Another key to O'Brien's style is his use of randomness within the book. Some chapters appear to follow a trend or the same story line, but others fly off at a tangent and in no way, shape, or form do they apply to the basic story line that is presented in the beginning. Randomness, allows for a reader to feel confused so it symbolizes the confusion found during the Vietnam conflict. Overall I find that The Things They Carried to be a very appealing book, especially if you are a fan of war novels. His use of randomness and a sense of realism in a work of fiction prove to me, that this is one book everybody should read. Besides the fact that the writing style is very unique, the story emotes many emotions and feelings along with teaching new ideas and thoughts, which all occurs in the years of the Vietnam conflict, both at home and in the "Nam" itself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Memories; our link to life. 8. November 1999
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Memories are our link to life and those memories are the most important when you are surrounded by death and what better place to find death than a war. Most of the time we carry these memories with us, but we take it for granted that these things will always be there. we place them in the back of our mind and recall them only when we find need or are reminded of them. Well, it's about time that someone reminded us of those memories. O'Brien's, The Things They Carried, deals not only witht he pysical things they carried for the war, but the pysical things they carried to remember home and the emotional pressures they carried. At first glance, my reaction was, "Great! Another graphic war novel for those who can't stop learning about war." But this isn't a book about the war itself, it's a book about the people who fought the war. It's not about the government that started the war, but a book for every unsung hero that helped finish a war. The novel takes place in Vietnam, but if you change the setting and some of the equipment that they carried, this book could be about any war in history. The Things They Carried goes beyond the war to look at the people and as anyone who takes the time to look can see, the people are just like you and me. One of the characters carries a bible and another carries a picture of a loved one. They simple things because they are simple people, no different from you or me. Because O'Brien focuses on this fact, I think it helps put us in their place and stories are always best when you get to live them no matter how bad the situation may be in the story. I personally would have people read this book not only for the stories that they can relate to, but for the stories that make them look through somebody else's eyes. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Über den Zauber des Krieges und andere Geschichten
Die Kurzgeschichte "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" in diesem Band von Erzählungen des amerikanischen Autors Tim O'Brien möchte ich besonders empfehlen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 11 Monaten von Benedictu veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing book
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED is a powerful memoir in the form of a collection of short stories about the haunting life of Tim O'Brien and a company of soldiers in Vietnam. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2005 von Terence Herlz
5.0 von 5 Sternen this book will give you goosebumps
That's all I have to say. Thinking about this book rips my soul out and gives me chills.
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von Win
5.0 von 5 Sternen The is the Real Thing
This book is priceless. I waited three years to find the time to properly read this book. The wait was worth it.
I'm 24. I missed Vietnam. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von Win
5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece.
A crucial work of 20th century fiction, O'Brien's work is of the calibur that made The Red Badge of Courage a wartime classic. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2000 von Amazon Customer
5.0 von 5 Sternen I usually don't go for these kind of stories.
I usually stay away from war movies and books because they highly disinterest me. This book, however, gives me what I've been wanting from all those movies and books before. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von Richard Engelhardt
5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing read even if you aren't a Vietnam-book reader
I want to start by saying I have no affinity at all for Vietnam war books. In fact, I try to stay away from them as I find them uninteresting. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2000 von "schluka"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Tim O'Brien's best work. A must read.
While I did not serve, I have read a number books written by the men and women who did serve.
This is one of the best. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2000 von D. Levy
5.0 von 5 Sternen The horror and the beauty
The horror is Vietnam. The horror of the war's violence and the fatigue and the lulls between battles that were really worse than anything else becuase they made the men think... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juni 2000 von Matthew
4.0 von 5 Sternen sharp descriptions, characters with depth, masterful stories
The Things They Carried is a courageous effort to try to capture the people who lived and died in Vietnam. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2000 von "onna"
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