â€˜The Things They Carriedâ€™ author Tim Oâ€™Brien on his lifeâ€™s work, trauma & confronting mortality
February 28 at 5:50 PM
Tim Oâ€™Brienâ€™s list of writing accolades is extensive. The Vietnam veteran and National Book Award winnerâ€™s apolitical dissection of the war in Vietnam, most prominently illustrated through 1990â€²s â€œThe Things They Carried,â€ has spawned both meticulous critiques and commendation by audiences that range from middle and high school students to military historians and combat veterans.
By the bookâ€™s 20th anniversary in 2010, the historical fiction based on Oâ€™Brienâ€™s frontline experience in Vietnam had surpassed 2 million copies sold, its immeasurable impact prompting the Library of Congress to name it one of the 65 most influential books in U.S. history.
But after writing â€œJuly, Julyâ€ in 2002, Tim, now 74, stepped away from the keyboard, confounded by Americaâ€™s involvement in wars that too closely mirrored his own experience and opting instead to devote time to his two children born later in his life.https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2021/02/28/the-things-they-carried-author-tim-obrien-on-his-lifes-work-trauma-confronting-mortality/