The Things They Carried
“Things they carried themselves” – a collection of short stories written by Tim O’Brien, novelist, storyteller and veteran of the Vietnam War. These stories about the platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War are based on the author’s experience as a soldier in the infantry division of the American platoon. Many characters are partially autobiographical, similar to the characters from the author’s memoirs. O’Brien dedicated this book to a colleague with whom he fought in the war. Things they carried with themselves – one of the outstanding works about the war in Vietnam. O’Brien himself does not participate in the political debate about the Vietnam War, because according to him, how an infantryman can tell something important about the war after he has been there, he can only tell stories.