The million-copy bestseller, which is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 'The Things They Carried' is, on its surface, a sequence of award-winning stories about the madness of the Vietnam War; at the same time it has the cumulative power and unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. But while Vietnam is central to 'The Things They Carried', it is not simply a book about war. It is also a book about the human heart - ...
The million-copy bestseller, which is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 'The Things They Carried' is, on its surface, a sequence of award-winning stories about the madness of the Vietnam War; at the same time it has the cumulative power and unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. But while Vietnam is central to 'The Things They Carried', it is not simply a book about war. It is also a book about the human heart - about the terrible weight of those things we carry through our lives.
Signed by author on title page. Not personalized. Inscription to previous owner on dedication page. In near fine / very good condition. Pages have some age tanning but are otherwise clean and unmarked. No remainder mark. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Fine in Fine jacket. First Edition, 273 Pages, First Edition Stated. The Dust Jacket Is Not Clipped. The Dust Jacket Is Slightly Creased At The Outer. First American Edition. We ship from the USA and Canada.
Very Good+ Very Good+ Dust Jacket. 1st printing of 1st edition. Very good+ hardcover with very good+ dust jacket. Binding is tight, text clean, corners sharp. DJ is unclipped and has a price of $19.95; now in protective Mylar wraps. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club edition, NO remainder mark. DJ is only slightly askew on binding, so presumably second state jacket. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 273 p. Audience: General/trade. First Edition/First Printing in First Issue dust jacket. A clean, crisp and unread copy of what is generally considered to be the finest novel to come out of the Vietnam War!
Fine with no dust jacket. A volume in the SIGNED FIRST EDITION SERIES. Signed by the Author on a special tipped-in page. Bound in full leather with gilt page edges, decorated end papers, gilt cover decorations and a silk place marker. A sharp copy! ; Signed by Author.
Fine in very good dust jacket. A RARE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THIS PRIZE WINNING CLASSIC + VERY GOOD CONDITION + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 273 p. Audience: General/trade.
Very Good. First edition, First Printing. In Very Good condition, in a Very Good dust jacket with price intact. Light lean to spine. Dust jacket shows rubbing and light wear, with sunning to the spine panel. A nice copy, presents well.
Near Fine. 8vo. Signed by Author 279pp, 2 page color frontis, marbled end-papers. There are one or two spots of light foxing on a two prelims. All edges gilt. With silk page marker. Original decorative full brown leather, gilt, 3 raised spine bands. Signed in full by author on the first, otherwise blank, prelim. Signed first edition printed and signed by the author for The Signed First Edition Society by Franklin Library. An attractive copy. From the enclosed note from the publisher, 'A love for humanity is the central theme of The Things They Carried, an emotionally charged collection of stories about a platoon of foot soldiers enmeshed in the horror of the Vietnam War'.
It's been over 40 years since I humped the Central Highlands of Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Tim O'Brien's account of those who served in the infantry coincided with many of my experiences and how I remembered feeling at the time of my service. It didn't glorify the life of an infantryman which is not glorious on a day to day basis, rather it described the experience in a way a true grunt can relate to.
Aug 30, 2014
The best writing about Vietnam I know
I've known O'Brien's work for years, and used it in English courses. I ordered this copy for a friend who served with the Maine Corps at Khe Sanh.
Apr 4, 2014
Excellent war tale
Many times while reading this book, I had to check to make sure this was not non-fiction. It was written so well and so believably. Having grown up during this period it made me understand the other side of the war and the veterans that came back. I didn't think I would like a book of this genre but it was quite fascinating.
Jun 20, 2013
Very well written book that many should read to better understand the Vietnam war, because we sure didn't get the support then that all vets seem to get these days.
Jan 17, 2013
War seen from a different viewpoint
The book is an interesting perspective on the emotions at play in soldiering.The writer leads us to understand people through their possessions rather than their actions. This device more than compensates for a somewhat thin story line.
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