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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date March 1, 1991
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140147735
ISBN-10 014014773X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $12.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam, in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness
Amazon.com description: Product Description: One of the first questions people ask about The Things They Carried is this: Is it a novel, or a collection of short stories? The title page refers to the book simply as "a work of fiction," defying the conscientious reader's need to categorize this masterpiece. It is both: a collection of interrelated short pieces which ultimately reads with the dramatic force and tension of a novel. Yet each one of the twenty-two short pieces is written with such care, emotional content, and prosaic precision that it could stand on its own.

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves.

With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried  is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780395515983 Book cover for 9780547391175
 
With Tim O\'Brien | 20 anv edition from Houghton Mifflin (March 22, 2010)
9780547391175 | details & prices | 233 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.00
This edition also contains The Things They Carried
About: A classic, life-changing meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling, with more than two-million copies in print Depicting the men of Alpha Company—Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three—the stories in The Things They Carried opened our eyes to the nature of war in a way we will never forget.
from Houghton Mifflin (March 1, 1990)
9780395515983 | details & prices | List price $19.95
About: Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140147735 Book cover for 9780618706419
 
With Tim O\'Brien | from Mariner Books (October 13, 2009)
9780618706419 | details & prices | 246 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.95
This edition also contains The Things They Carried
About: 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.
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (March 1, 1991)
9780140147735 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $12.95
About: Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam, in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness
Miscellaneous
With Tim O\'Brien | from Houghton Mifflin (March 22, 1990)
9780547420295 | details & prices | List price $14.95
This edition also contains The Things They Carried
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781455851591 Book cover for 9781455851676 Book cover for 9781469236209
 
With Tim O\'Brien, Bryan Cranston (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (November 5, 2013)
9781455851591 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $19.99
This edition also contains The Things They Carried
About: This modern classic and New York Times bestseller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms.
With Tim O\'Brien, Bryan Cranston (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (November 5, 2013)
9781455851676 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $14.99
This edition also contains The Things They Carried
About: This modern classic and New York Times bestseller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms.
With Tim O\'Brien, Bryan Cranston (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio Lib Edn (November 5, 2013); titled "The Things They Carried: Library Edition"
9781469236209 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.15 lbs | List price $39.97
This edition also contains The Things They Carried
About: This modern classic and New York Times bestseller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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from Harperaudio (March 1, 1991)
9781559943611 | details & prices | List price $15.95
About: Book by Tim O'Brien
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (June 1, 1998)
9780606170833 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $24.55
About: Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness

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