Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Let’s Talk Books: The Things They Carried

Home Is Where You Dig It

Photo: "Home is where you dig it"
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Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s bi-monthly book discussion for adults will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the second floor gallery. As a tribute to our Veterans, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien will be discussed.

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives into war in Vietnam in O’Brien’s account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness. The book is a cross between a novel and a story collection. They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated Bibles, each other. And, if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since it was first published, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature and a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. For additional information please contact the Information Desk (563) 589-4225 option 4, or visit the Library’s Adult Services Programs page online at: http://www.dubuque.lib.ia.us/adult/programs.

All Adult Services programs are free of charge and the public is cordially invited to attend.

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