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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: 1,9 x 13,3 x 19,7 cm
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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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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Terence Herlz am 6. Juli 2005
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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.
The Things They Carried was a thought-provoking and inspirational book. This highly vivid description of the Vietnam War kept me reading through the night until the last page. I am not a big reader but once I picked up this book I was reading for hours! This book gives a taste of Vietnam for those who were not there. The interesting thing about this book is that it tells the true life of the soldiers giving us a better idea of what the soldiers went, and what war really is. One comes close to understanding how the feelings from going to war, leaving their families behind them, losing loved friends, killing another man, and how the pathetic nature of the foods and sleeping conditions; all traumas of war that can change a human being forever.
If you like war novels, then this is a must read. Even if you don't like war books and think they're all the same, read this and you will reconsider. One thing for sure is that you will appreciate the style of writing and the way it makes you think. You still get to laugh despite the deaths and destructions. The soldiers seem to taunt life with life and death games. Written with a deep message and in a manner similar to CHEKHOV AND TISI JANVIER, this anthology of related short stories about the Vietnam War portrays men who faced their fears, confronted danger, came out alive but became scarred for life.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Lieschen Müller am 9. Mai 2004
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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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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Win am 31. Juli 2000
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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. All my life I've had a strange fascination with the conflict in Vietnam. I look back on my parents' generation and struggle to figure out exactly what moved them so tremendously to oppose this conflict. What was going on over there? Why were we there? Who was there? What was it really that was so horrific? Why did so many soldiers come back emotionally crippled?
Tim O'Brien has answered many of my questions. War, particularly the "war" in Vietnam, strips a man down to his basic instincts. In this collection of remembrences, O'Brien not only examines what became of men's ideals, beliefs, and reasons for action, but also makes sense of why. He doesn't explain this flat out, rather, he allows the reader to discover how boys become men of war. As the reader follows a soldiers story she can understand how his mindset came to be by the decisions he makes. O'Brien's style is to show, not tell. Through these anecdotes, the reader can see what happens to boys in a war in a jungle that turns them into animals. It is almost a real life "Lord of the Flies" or "Heart of Darkness". The most traumatic part of all this is that once they have become a new breed of human by surviving on their terms, they return and must be readmitted to society on its terms.
The actual subject matter aside, O'Brien raises the level of this work by treating it also as an exercise in exquisite writing. Based on his storytelling abilities alone, this book could serve as a model in creative writing.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 4. November 1999
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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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