The Things They Carried, a group of interconnected stories about a platoon of soldiers deployed during the Vietnam War, was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. This book is neither autobiographical nor fictional, but both -- it takes O'Brien's true-life experiences and heightens them. These are stories about cowardice, love, death, grief, longing. In the end, these stories are about war, and the human condition, and what war does to us as humans. To quote Tim O'Brien: "You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end. Not then, not ever."
Watch this space for information about events that we're hosting to support this book. Check out these websites for information on the author, as well as the topics of Vietnam and the time period of the war. There is also a bibliography of books and videos available in the library.
Big Read Event:Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:00pm, Cal Vet Center, 10900 Telephone Rd.: Writers’ Workshop for Veterans
Thursday, March 27, 2014 , 1:30pm, Guthrie Hall: Panel of Faculty discussing the impact of the Vietnam War in relation to “The Things They Carried”
Big Read Event:Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:00pm, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St.: “Why Fiction and Not Journalism?” Presentation by Dr. Robert Chianese
Joint Event:Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC):
"Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations" (Play)
Joint Event:Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC): "Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations" (Play)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 , 10:30am, Guthrie Hall: Panel of Student Veterans
Writing Vietnam (a conference held in 1999)