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.
- Tuesday, 18 November, 5pm, LRC205: Book Talk. Refreshments will be served.
- Wednesday, 19 November, 5:30pm, LRC205: “Good Morning Vietnam.” Refreshments will be served.
- Thursday, 20 November, 9:30am, Guthrie Hall: Michael Cushner from the Psychology Department will be giving a talk about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Wednesday, 26 November, 1pm, LRC205: "The Hurt Locker." Refreshments will be served.
Writing Vietnam (a conference held in 1999)