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Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Tim OBrien Read & Download The Things They Carried è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ინგლისურიდან თარგმნა ზაზა ჭილაძემ ამერიკელი მწერლის ტიმ ო’ბრაიენის 1946 „რასაც თან დაათრევდნენ“ ერთი ოცეულის ჯარისკაცების თავგადასავალზე მოგვითხობს ვიეტნამის ომში ავტორმა თავად ვიეტნამის ომის ვეტერანმა ამ მოკლე მოკლე მოთხრო?. It was in the spring of 2006 and I was on patrol in Kirkuk Ira with a unit in the 101st Airborne I had my full battle rattle on helmet body armor vest with extra magazines M4 We were in the Kurdish part of the city and it was a beautiful day in the bazaar I came to love the Kurdish people they were hardworking and resilient Many people don t know this but a percentage of Kurdish folks are red headed No kidding fair skin like me and RED hair It was the kind of day where in the back of our mind we were maybe vigilant than necessary because the threat of anything bad seemed so far away so therefore we needed to be on the guard But for the most part it was a uiet day and people were out shopping and enjoying the dayI was on the sidewalk and looking at the goods on display Huge bags of nuts and seeds fabric plastic toys a little bit of everything A mother was walking with her little boy he looked about 2 or 3 with a cute brown outfit that was tailored to fit him perhaps homemade I noticed her looking at some goods and he saw something across the street and like little boys the world over took off past me and headed into the streetI am a father of three boys and at that time they were 16 13 and 6 and I thought about them everyday if not hourly My wife and I had been chasing healthy and happy mischievous boys for years and if I was hyper vigilant for bad guys I was even sensitive to children getting looseAs natural as if I were on the sidewalk in Middle Tennessee I reached down and caught him said something incomprehensible to him like whoa little man don t loose momma and I smiled at his mother and she smiled at me and then in that moment I was not an armed soldier occupying her city and we spoke the same language and we were neighbors keeping a little boy out of the streetThat was years ago and so much happened over there but I will always remember that moment because it was an instance of unconditional and timeless humanity during wartime The reality was and is that labels like soldier and enemy and foreign national do little to assuage the inherent and complicated humanity that we all bring with us and share between usWhat Tim O Brien accomplished in The Things They Carried his 1990 collection of short stories and essays about his experiences in Vietnam two decades earlier is to demonstrate that even in the middle of a horrific war experience that the soldiers and residents of that country were fundamentally and undeniably all human and capable of experiencing the wide scope of human emotion amidst wartime and further that the very lethal nature of war made the emotions vivid and aliveWhereas all of my brothers in arms and I volunteered O Brien and his fellow soldiers were mainly drafted and were thus accidental warriors because of conscription Here were young men who did not want to be there for the most part but O Brien takes an expansionist and objective stance and reveals that some people did find their place there and learned things about themselves they would not have otherwise discovered but for that martial experiencePoignant touching endearing heartbreaking terrifying saddening maddening O Brien has succinctly stated what so many have before tried to and failed He has formed a voice from this wilderness of human experience and has documented for us all a glimpse into moments of humanity during wartime

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Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Tim OBrien Read & Download The Things They Carried è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ?ურგჩანთის შიგთავსს მაგრამ ახერხებს რომ მკითხველმა ყველაზე ნათლად ის დაინახოს რაც ამ ნივთების ჩამონათვალში არ წერია და რაც საერთოდ არ არის ნივთი თუმცა კი სწორედ ის დასწოლია უმძიმეს ტვირთად თითოეულ მებრძოლს სერია „ამერიკელები“. See But wait way down below and sometimes I can see Timmy skating with Linda under the yellow floodlights I m young and happy I ll never die I m skimming across the surface of my own history moving fast riding the melt beneath the blades doing loops and spins and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy s life with a storyThat s the last 71 words of Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried Timmy is Tim O Brien or maybe Tim O Brien or maybe both or neither Linda is a girl who he was in love with when he was nine years old maybe unless she s made up But even if so the story the last one in the book could be true Linda died of cancer a few months after Timmy fell in love with her How much of this story is true Does it matter Read onI bet a ton of papers and reports have been written for high school and college English courses on this book It s so different from anything I ve read before I was not able to underline in the book as I read because I read my daughter s copy of the book She probably read it in college She read it in college That s my story Whether it s true I don t know but it should beSo since I couldn t underline I have nothing to base an analysis of the book on So that s a story I don t have to writeAsides almostO Brien has become not only the premier writer on the American Vietnam experience he has become something of a meta writer on the concept of truth in fiction The fact that this book has that stuff in it is why against all my habits after starting to read the book last night after dinner I finished it before going to bed at 430 am There are only two other writers who generally lift me away from all other books I am reading and won t let me back to them until they put me down George Pelecanos and Patrick O Brian hmm O Brian O BrienIn case you don t know this is not a novel It s a collection of short stories It s novel like because most of the stories take place in Vietnam within a platoon of men fighting there in the late 60s and the same characters slide from one story to the next But the stories aren t in any particular time order though the later stories in the book generally happen later than the earlier ones And some of the stories are less connected to the othersWho is Tim O Brien There are really two Tim O Briens here a character and a writer and they aren t the sameI didn t realize for a long time that the book s narrator Tim O Brien who is telling these stories is a fictional character He shares a lot of unlikely details with Tim O Brien the writer who wrote the stories But they aren t the sameOr at least we can t be sure where they are the same and where they re distinct Actually Tim O Brien sometimes talks about writing some of the stories but maybe that s the other Tim O Brien the writer You do understand where all those English assignments come from don t you Both the Tim O Briens grew up in Worthington Minnesota They both graduated from Macalester College in 1968 They both got drafted soon after college they both served in Vietnam in 1969 70 they both were involved in combat for about a year They both came home and became writers But did I mention that they aren t the same Get your hands around thatHow O Brien dances with the truthThis ambiguity about the O Briens is part of a larger ambiguity that O Brien let s just use the same name for both of them from now on writestalks about throughout the novel an ambiguity about what is true and what isn t There s even a story in the book about this How to Tell a True War Story O Brien says that if someone tells you a war story You d feel cheated if it never happened Yet even if it did happen and maybe it did anything s possible even then you know it can t be true because a true war story does not depend upon that kind of truth Absolute occurrence is irrelevant A thing may happen and be a total lie another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth What he s implying is that a story about something that never happened can affect the listener can impart to him a truth about an overall situation reality that is not imparted by a mere recounting of what actually happened O Brien is reported as once answering the uestion Can someone who s been in war teach us anything about war by saying No All he can do is tell us stories about war Fiction and reality can blur and in war they can t not blurThe two stories that nailed Tim O BrienThere are two stories in the book which wend their way through multiple other stories and ultimately illustrate the ambiguous nature of O Brien s reality The first one is the story of a Vietnamese he killed Or at least he may have killed The main description is in The Man I Killed Other stories that deal with it in depth are Ambush and finally Good Form But the episode is also mentioned in several other storesThe second of these extended and very ambiguous tales is a story about the death of his closest friend in the platoon See Speaking of Courage Notes In the Field and finally Field Trip These four stories could be analyzed from now to next Christmas without coming to a certain conclusion as to what actually happened and what the two Tim O Briens had to do with any of itThe two stories that nailed me2 Sweetheart of the Song Tra BongThe second of these stories was a mind blowing story called Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong Tim O Brien the character plays no part in it except to introduce it view spoiler Vietnam was full of strange stories some improbable some well beyond that but the stories that will last forever are those that swirl back and forth across the border between trivia and bedlam the mad and the mundane This one keeps returning to me The actual story is told by one of the platoon characters Rat it s about view spoiler an assignment that Rat previously had on a remote mountain top near a village ville It was sort of a Mash type assignment where wounded would be brought in by local choppers for emergency and trauma care then shipped out by chopper to rear areas Mostly they played volleyball and sat around probably smoking weed No officers no discipline One day they re shooting the shit and someone says hey you know we could fly a broad in here A few weeks later a tall big boned blond steps out of the supply chopper one morning and is introduced by their young medic as Mary Anne his seventeen year old girlfriend from Cleveland Heights Senior High by way of LA Bangkok and SaigonWell skipping a whole lot of the story the girl takes to Nam like a bee to a flower She starts dressing like the guys learns how to fire a rifle goes down into the ville to check out the locals and finally starts going out on patrols with six Greenies Berets that have their own little station in an enclosed area near the medic place thus sort of leaving her boy friend Again I m not going to go into the details but view spoiler the story takes a very strange twist and we find this seventeen year old morphing into a female Apocalypse Now style Brando character wearing a necklace made out of human tongues and hanging out with the Greenies in their hootch view spoilerAcross the room a dozen candles were burning on the floor near the open window The place seemed to echo with a weird deep wilderness sound tribal music bamboo flutes and drums and chimes But what hit you first was two kinds of smells There was a topmost scent of joss sticks and incense like the fumes of some exotic smokehouse but beneath the smoke lay a deeper powerful stench Thick and numbing like an animal s den a mix of blood and scorched hair and excrement and the sweet sour odor of moldering flesh the stink of the kill On a post at the rear of the hooch was the decayed head of a large black leopard Off in the gloom a few dim figures lounged in hammocks The music came from a tape deck but the high voice was Mary Anne s she stepped out of the shadows barefoot She wore her pink sweater and a white blouse and a cotton skirtAnd that necklaceWell Rat draws the story out nicely then finally ends it with view spoiler And then one morning all alone Mary Anne walked off into the mountains and did not come back But the story did not end there If you believed the Greenies Rat said Mary Anne was still somewhere out there in the dark Odd movements odd shapes Late at night when the Greenies were out on ambush the whole rain forest seemed to stare in at them a watched feeling and a couple times they almost saw her sliding through the shadows Not uite but almost She had crossed to the other side She was part of the land She was wearing her culottes her pink sweater and a necklace of human tongues She was dangerous She was ready for the kill hide spoiler

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Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Tim OBrien Read & Download The Things They Carried è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ?ების ერთ კრებულად გაერთიანებით ომის აბსურდულობის მკაფიოდ წარმოჩენა და მკითხველზე გამაოგნებელი შთაბეჭდილების მოხდენა შეძლომაინც რას „დაათრევდნენ“ თან ო’ბრაიენის ოცეულის ჯარისკაცები მწერალი დაწვრილებით აღგვიწერს მეომრის ?. The Things They Carried reads like a confession which I suppose in many ways it is War is a theme in so many books be they historical fiction memoirs alternate histories and I ve certainly read my fair share of them But stretching my mind back over the years right now I struggle to recall one that has affected me uite so much Perhaps I would put it on eual footing with Drakulic s S a heartbreakng novel about the treatment of women in the female war camps during the Bosnian war But the main difference between the two is that this one is autobiographical However unlike a lot of non fiction I ve read it is also written beautifully lyrically and powerfully Telling the horrors the friendship the fear and the shame of the Vietnam war with brutal honesty This is one read that I may never have found without the 1001 book list and it is one I believe fully deserves its place on the listThe book is split into what some may call short stories but are really all episodes of the same story A sad story that encompasses the many different aspects of soldier life during the Vietnam war But it s also about the befores and the afters How did a young blood uesy liberal who had taken a stand against the war while at university become a soldier who carried out brutal orders and killed without thinking There is an awfully bleak sadness to this tale that lingers in the very existence of the novel the fact that O Brien still finds himself writing war stories long after the war is over That there are memories and confessions tied up inside him begging to be told Despite the stunning prose and vivid re imagining of these stories reading The Things They Carried is a little bit like watching someone break down The author talks at one point how embarrassing confessions are for the people who have to hear them and yet he admits his stories must be told anywayBut this also isn t a difficult book You might expect it to take some effort but O Brien knows exactly what he s doing as a writer It s easy to get caught up in the frightening world he is sharing and realise you ve read half the book when you only sat down to read a chapter The stories seemed to fly by in an array of horrifying colour I was utterly mesmerised from start to finish And I want to stress something about that this is not a gratuitous torturefest Which is perhaps why this story feels so real and powerful If O Brien merely wanted to inflict upon us a book that was like a car crash he could have painted gory pictures of disemboweled soldiers but the real battle for O Brien has always been a psychological one And the things they really carried weren t the ammunition the pictures and letters from loved ones or lucky talismans it was the fear the guilt and the tremendous loss of innocenceWhen it comes to the Vietnam war things like blame and pity and accusation are thrown all over the place in a million pointing fingers One minute it s the evil Vietcong setting booby traps to slice up teenage American boys the next it s evil American soldiers massacring villages and pouring napalm on screaming children This book is about neither of those O Brien sees both US soldiers and Vietcong as young men thrown into something they didn t understand both victims of a war that was out of control If anyone gets the blame it s the highers ups the politicians and state leaders people who sit in an office and order teen boys to go out to fight and die The citizens who shake their heads at the cowardice of a young man who refuses to fight for his country even when they have no idea why he s fighting A surprisingly powerful book that will stay with me for a long time


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    Pdf/E–book [The Things They Carried] Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Tim OBrien Tim OBrien ↠ 5 Read & Download About 20 connected short stories from an author who has become the main literary spokesperson for the story of Americans in the Vietnam War The book is highly rated on GR 41 with almost a uarter million ratings How

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    Tim OBrien ↠ 5 Read & Download Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Tim OBrien characters The Things They Carried Awestruck may be the best way to describe how I felt upon reading this book the first time So how did I feel upon reading it the second time? I just want to bow at Tim O'Brien's feet while muttering a Wayne's World style I'm not worth

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    Pdf/E–book [The Things They Carried] “It’s time to be blunt I’m forty three years old true and I’m a writer now and a long time ago I walked through uang Ngai Province as a foot soldier Almost everything else is inventedI want you to feel what I felt I want you to know why story truth is truer sometimes than happening truth” Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried has sat on my bookshelf for years Maybe since high schoo

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    characters The Things They Carried Pdf/E–book [The Things They Carried] It’d be a bad idea to challenge Tim O’Brien to a round of Truth Or Dare because he’d find a way to pick Truth launch into a story recant it then make you think he really chose Dare but in the end you’ll be pretty sure he actually told you the Truth after all MaybeThat’s kind of the point about this account of his time Vie

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    Tim OBrien ↠ 5 Read & Download Pdf/E–book [The Things They Carried] See But wait way down below and sometimes I can see Timmy skating with Linda under the yellow floodlights I’m young and happy I’ll never die I’m skimming across the surface of my own history moving fast riding the melt beneath the blades doing loops and spins and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a storyThat’s the last 71 words of Tim O

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    Pdf/E–book [The Things They Carried] I've read reviews of this seen this book pass me by at the library but for some reason was always reluctant to read Why? Maybe just hits a little to close to home knew many of my friends brothers who served some lived some of course did not My own husband was in the Air Force at this time not sent to Vietnam a

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