The things they carried : a work of fiction

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Boston : Mariner Books, 2009, c1990.


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Boston : Mariner Books, 2009, c1990.
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1 bag (Black and yellow) ; 30 x 44 cm. + 10 books, discussion questions, author's biography, "Tips for starting a successful Book club" and instructions for Book Club in a Bag program.
0618706410 (trade pbk.), 9780618706419 (trade pbk.)
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Level 5.8, 10 Points
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Book Club in a Bag kit.
This work depicts the heroic young men of Alpha Company as they carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness. 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.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

O'Brien, T. (20091990). The things they carried: a work of fiction (1st Mariner Books ed.). Mariner Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

O'Brien, Tim, 1946-. 20091990. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction. Boston: Mariner Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

O'Brien, Tim, 1946-. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction Boston: Mariner Books, 20091990.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction 1st Mariner Books ed., Mariner Books, 20091990.

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