- Capa dura: 233 páginas
- Editora: Houghton Mifflin; Edição: 20th Anniversary ed. (22 de março de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 054739117X
- ISBN-13: 978-0547391175
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 2,2 x 21 cm
- Peso de envio: 363 g
- Avaliação média: 1 avaliação de cliente
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The Things They Carried (Inglês) Capa dura – 21 mar 2010
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"[An] ultimate, indelible image of war in our time, and in time to come." -- Los Angeles Times
This is an American classic.
Since it burst onto the literary scene twenty years ago, The Things They Carried has not stopped changing minds and lives, challenging readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. It is an unparalleled Vietnam testament. It is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is a major literary achievement and a book beloved by readers and writers and teachers and students.
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. These men carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrasted Bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried images of a nightmarish war that haunts our history and echoes into our present.
The Things They Carried is required reading for any American.
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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.
This book has something that other books don't.
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.
All the unanswerable questions have resulted in a stack a mile high of literature to try it make it explainable if not understandable. "Matterhorn", "A Rumor of War" are two novels/near novels that would join "The Things They Carried" as examples of the grunt soldier dealing with his circumstances and their aftermath. Each of these is original, evocative, deeply personal and yet able to reach a broad audience.
"The Things They Carried" moves around between the time before the narrator goes to Vietnam, while he's there and life after. It's told in snippets that come together well. It's semi autobiographical and deeply personal. The writing is beautiful and the time jumping works effectively.
I am probably satiated now on Vietnam stories but I am glad that this is the one that put me there.
This is easily one of the great books of the twentieth century and of contemporary literature. If we don't incinerate ourselves off of the planet via global warming or nuclear holocaust, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED will be read and treasured for centuries.