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The Things They Carried is a meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. [It] 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.
The soldiers in this collection of stories carried M-16 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and M-79 grenade launchers. They carried plastic explosives, hand grenades, flak jackets, and landmines. But they also carried letters from home, illustrated Bibles, and pictures of their loved ones. Some of them carried extra food or comic books or drugs. Every man carried what he needed to survive, and those who did carried their shattering stories away from the jungle and back to a nation that would never understand.
Big Think Interview
Big Think. (2012, April 23). Big Think interview with Tim O'Brien [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QNaertB9uY
Writing and War - Ethical Issues
Stanford. (2011, February 3). A conversation with Tim O'Brien on writing & war [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vcmASDmEr8