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Número de páginas: 259 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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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

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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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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 791 KB
  • Número de páginas: 259 páginas
  • Editora: Mariner Books (13 de outubro de 2009)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B002TWIVNA
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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5.0 de 5 estrelas The Vietnam War novel that reads like war stories and essays about life as an American soldier 16 de abril de 2016
Por Bernie Gourley - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
It’s called a novel, but it reads like a collection of war stories and essays about being an American soldier in the Vietnam War. That’s not a criticism. In fact, it’s part of the brilliance of this book. If it were thoroughly plotted, it might not feel so authentic. As war is disjointed, so is O’Brien’s book. Some of the chapters are tiny and some are lengthy. Some read more like essays than fiction, and others are clearly fictitious.

When I say that “some are clearly fictitious,” there’s always a doubt that it might just be a true story--because war is just that absurd. An example that springs to mind is one of the most engaging pieces in the work. It’s called “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong,” and it’s about a wholesome, young girlfriend to one of the soldiers who [improbably] comes to live in the camp. The girl acclimates to the war, and soon she is going out on patrol--not with the ordinary infantry soldiers, but during the night with the Green Berets. Perhaps the moral is that some people are made for war, and it’s never who you’d suspect. As I describe it, the premise may sound ridiculous, but the way O’Brien presents it as a story told by a Rat Kiley--a fellow infantryman known to exaggerate—it feels as though there is something very true, no matter how fictitious the story might be. Before one reads “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong” one has been primed by a chapter entitled “How to Tell a True War Story,” which tells one that truth and falsehood aren’t so clear in the bizarre world of war.

There are a couple chapters outside the period during which O’Brien (the character, who may or may not be the same as the author) is actively in an infantry unit. One early chapter describes his near attempt at draft dodging, and another talks of his time stationed at the rear after being injured. Both of these chapters offer an interesting twist in the scheme of the book overall. We find O’Brien to be a fairly typical infantry soldier, and it seems hard to reconcile this with his floating in a canoe and narrowly deciding not to make a swim for the Canadian shoreline. However, what is odder still is realizing how distraught he is to be pulled out of his unit, particularly when he realizes that he has become an outsider and the [then rookie] medic who botched his treatment is now in the in-group. This is one of the many unusual aspects of combatant psychology that comes into play in the book, along with O’Brien’s description of how devastating it was to kill.

There are 21 chapters to the book. As I said, they run a gamut, but at all times keep one reading. It’s the shortest of the Vietnam novels I’ve read—I think. When I think of works like “Matterhorn” and “The 13th Valley,” there seems to be something hard to convey concisely about the Vietnam War, but O’Brien nails it with his unconventional novel. O’Brien also uses repetition masterfully. This can be seen in the title chapter “The Things They Carried,” which describes the many things carried by an infantry soldier—both the physical items they carried on patrol and the psychological and emotional things they carried after the war. It’s a risky approach that pays off well.

I’d recommend this book for anyone—at least anyone who can stomach war stories.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas This is not my usual type of book, but I highly enjoyed it. Bryan Cranston does a great job with the narration. MP3 CD is great. 3 de fevereiro de 2017
Por Steve - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: CD de MP3 Compra verificada
I had this book recommended to me by enough people that I decided I had to read it. Although to some of my friends who don't quite have the full picture of what I like to read (or listen to, in this case) might have thought that it was right up my alley, in reading descriptions and reviews of this book, I was afraid that it wouldn't be my kind of book. Regardless, I'd already ordered it, so I was going to at least give it a try.

I read almost exclusively non-fiction. The more technical details the better. The things they carried is not this type of book, at all. I did not like the first few chapters, "The Things They Carried" and "Love". I might have stopped listening after these two, but I was working on something and unable to pause. I'm glad I kept going, though, because the third chapter "Spin" intrigued me and and after "On the Rainy River" I was hooked. A few of my favorite chapters were: "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" and "How to Tell a True War Story".

I think that the reason I may have liked this book so much is because it is incredibly well written. The way that the stories, especially the insane ones, are told just make this book enthralling. My jaw was on the floor listening to a couple of these chapters. I felt like I was actually there. It was unreal. I have never experienced that with any other book I have listened to.

Yes, Listened to. I like audio books, they are the format that I use to consume most books. I was hesitant to get The Things They Carried in audio book form because Bryan Cranston narrates it. While I am not a Breaking Bad mega-fan, I have watched it and that is how I know Cranston. I was afraid that the audio book would be "Walter White talks about the Vietnam War" in my head. Again, I am happy to report that this is not the case. Bryan does an above and beyond wonderful job with the Narration. Typically I do not like it when Audiobook performers do voices for different characters, but Cranston does the characters so well that I don't even care. His Rat Keiley voice especially was really good.

I bought the MP3 CD of this audiobook. It comes broken up in to 35 files varying in length of anywhere from three minutes to twenty minutes, with an average file being about 15 minutes. The last three files are a post script narrated by the Author himself, but I did not listen to these as I was not particularly interested in what he was saying, and the sound quality was poor. The 35 files were easy to rip from the CD and put on my podcast player for easy playing.

If the premise of this book sounds even the slightest bit interesting to you, I highly recommend you check the book out. If you like audiobooks I especially urge you to get the Bryan Cranston narration.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas This book is amazing! I do not read war stories 18 de março de 2017
Por L. Lynch - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book is amazing! I do not read war stories. For the most part I only read epic or space fiction books. Anyhow Tim O'Brien and his amazing way to write totally changed that. If you want normal length chapters, with normal flow of ideas and a organized story structure, do not read this book. If you are ready to get your head spinning with one sentence paragraphs and stories that jump all over the place and even repeat or contradict themselves, go for it, it is totally worth it.
You will either love it, or hate it. I believe there is not in between with this book
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Brilliant! 2 de agosto de 2016
Por R. L. Herron - Publicada na Amazon.com
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It will be a rare person who will not be emotionally affected by this book.

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED is not so much a book about the Vietnam War as it is about the people caught within the context of that war. I read it before...when it first came out...but lost my copy and wanted to read it again. So, I bought it all over again. It's that powerful. Readers like me, who lived through the Vietnam War era, will appreciate O'Brien's capture of the personal experience of that time. Readers too young to have lived through it will still experience it through O'Brien's flawless, riveting prose, and will understand that whole era far better than when they started.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas I Can't Express It In Words 12 de maio de 2017
Por Gabriel - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
This book has something that other books don't. The writing, the people, the words, the lack of words, a comma here or a period there. Every page is so magnificently done with a finesse of heartache, dark comedy, and raw, pure, genuineness that I've never experienced in any film or text. It's addicting yet painful to read which makes the experienced of reading it all the more powerful.

This book has something that other books don't.
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