Key Facts About The Things They Carried
Full Title: The Things They Carried
Written by: Tim O’Brien
Type of Literary Work: A collection of short stories
Genre: War stories, memory stories
Date of first publication: 1990
Narrator: Tim O’Brien
Tone: The Things They Carried is an meditative depiction of the methods and reasons for storytelling. The narrator is often unreliable, speaking of the necessity of crossing the lines between fact and fiction in a war story.