Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien is an American novelist best known for his work focusing on the Vietnam War and its aftermath. His notable works include 'The Things They Carried' and 'Going After Cacciato'.


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  1. 1. The Things They Carried

    The book is a collection of linked short stories about a platoon of American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. The story is semi-autobiographical, based on the author's experiences in the war. The narrative explores the physical and emotional burdens the soldiers carry during the war, as well as the lingering effects of war on veterans. It delves into themes of bravery, truth, and the fluidity of fact and fiction.

    The 321st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Going After Cacciato

    The novel is a surreal exploration of a young infantryman's experience in the Vietnam War. The protagonist and his squad are tasked with chasing down Cacciato, a fellow soldier who has gone AWOL and is attempting to walk from Vietnam to Paris. The narrative is interspersed with flashbacks and hallucinations, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy as the protagonist grapples with the horrors of war, the concept of courage, and the boundaries of sanity.

    The 5417th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. In The Lake Of The Woods

    "In the Lake of the Woods" is a psychological mystery that explores the hidden depths of a troubled man's psyche following a devastating career collapse. After a humiliating public defeat in a political election, the protagonist and his wife retreat to a secluded cabin by a lake in Minnesota to seek solace and regroup. However, the tranquility of their surroundings contrasts sharply with the man's internal turmoil and the unresolved shadows of his past, including haunting memories from his time as a soldier in Vietnam. The tension escalates when his wife mysteriously disappears, leading to a deepening enigma that intertwines guilt, denial, and the elusive nature of truth.

    The 10308th Greatest Book of All Time