The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried

By Tim O'Brien

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 4.5
From 1,214 Ratings


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.


  • The things I've never carriedhanks to Tim O'brien for his incredible Insite

    By Al-the-Pal
    I'm 73 years old, I never went to 'Nam. Married senior year in college, bun in the oven, deferred student. All my buddies from high school in Northern New York did ship out however. '65 was the start of the chaos. I've probably read twenty of the best reviewed books on 'Nam trying to at least partially understand what they went thru. Regrettably not really possible Two of my best friends have not returned. I will never get over this . Thanks Tim for your super recollection.
  • Great book

    By RetroEmerald
    This book may be sad, but it is far from bad. It puts you in the soldiers shoes, shows you their losses, and how they cope.
  • The things they carried

    By CAS Jim
    None of the names dedicated to exist on the Wall. Nice fiction though.
  • Wow

    By horace!37
    Mandatory reading.
  • Unreal

    By Airmobile
    As a Vietnam Vet that was in the 101st airborne infantry this is one of the most B.S. Books I have ever read!!! I guess people believe what they want to believe.
  • Beautiful story.

    By 闪退泥垢
    I love the stories. Beautifully written.
  • This is one of my favorite books

    By BIA 2:)
    The book was amazing. It was sad but very meaningful at the same time- thought provoking and moving.
  • Great book !

    By Juanito714
    Reading this book for my English lit. Class , covers many elements, well described imagery , awesome book !
  • This guy is a metaphorical psychopath

    By Jonas pusEEslayah
  • Truly awe inspiring

    By Metal guitarist man
    Though the book may be vivid and very detailed at times you don't want it to, it opens up a world you cant imagine... Stories that seem to come true in your own mind as you play out the events told in your mind as if some kind of movie, then the connection, you feel connected to tim and his feelings of loss and maybe feel the same way he did in the last chapter as i did.... Great book and totally worth the read