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Suggestions for Further Reading

Bates, Milton J. “Men, Women, and Vietnam.” America Rediscovered: Critical Essays on the Literature and Film of the Vietnam War. Eds. Owen Gilman Jr. and Lorrie Smith, 27–63. New York: Garland, 1990.

Beidler, Philip D. American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1982.

Calloway, Catherine. “‘How to Tell a True War Story’: Metafiction in The Things They Carried.Critique 36 (Summer 1995): 249–257.

Hellman, John. American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam. New York: Columbia University Press, 1986.

Herzog, Tobey C. Tim O’Brien. New York: Simon and Schuster Macmillan, 1997.

Kaplan, Steven. Understanding Tim O’Brien. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

Melling, Philip H. Vietnam in American Literature. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1990.

O’Brien, Tim. “The Vietnam in Me.” New York Times Magazine, October 2, 1994.

Tegmark, Mats. In the Shoes of a Soldier: Communication in Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam Narratives. Sweden: Uppsala, 1998.

showing not telling

by TheDuckOffender, August 08, 2012

The secret O'Brien claimed to have kept may also have been depicted in that reoccurring emotional/fictional truth that we know oh so well from this story. Perhaps he even showed it in the first chapter, rather than telling it.


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Literary period

by vickie12, September 04, 2012

What literary period was the things they carried written in?


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by MendicantBias, October 21, 2012

Azar kicked O'Brein in the head not Jorgensen.


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