Tim O'Brien





Tim O'Brien


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in Minnesota
October 01, 1946

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Tim O'Brien matriculated at Macalester College. Graduation in 1968 found him with a BA in political science and a draft notice.

O'Brien was against the war but reported for service and was sent to Vietnam with what has been called the "unlucky" Americal division due to its involvement in the My Lai massacre in 1968, an event which figures prominently in In the Lake of the Woods. He was assigned to 3rd Platoon, A Company, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, as an infantry foot soldier. O'Brien's tour of duty was 1969-70.

After Vietnam he became a graduate student at Harvard. No doubt he was one of very few Vietnam veterans there at that time, much less Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) holders. Having the opportunity to do an internship at the Washington
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Average rating: 4.06 · 200,665 ratings · 12,761 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
The Things They Carried

4.12 avg rating — 161,015 ratings — published 1990 — 54 editions
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In the Lake of the Woods

3.77 avg rating — 12,843 ratings — published 1994 — 28 editions
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Going After Cacciato

3.90 avg rating — 9,235 ratings — published 1978 — 35 editions
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If I Die in a Combat Zone, ...

3.94 avg rating — 6,111 ratings — published 1973 — 29 editions
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Tomcat In Love

3.40 avg rating — 2,760 ratings — published 1998 — 17 editions
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July, July

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The Nuclear Age

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Northern Lights

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The Things They Carried / I...

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On the Rainy River

4.26 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1990
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“That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth.”
Tim O'Brien

“They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.”
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

“A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.”
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October 2016 New School Group Read

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  34 votes, 21.3%

 
  32 votes, 20.0%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.0%

1984, Neuromancer by William Gibson, 271 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.4%

1924, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.5%

1939, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.5%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.9%

1956, The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, 103 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.9%

1990, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, 246 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.6%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  6 votes, 3.8%

1978, Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, 581 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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