The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien 1990 - Houghton Mifflin / Seymour Lawrence, Boston - First Edition O'Brien's most famous work, a collection of short stories inspired by the author's experience during the Vietnam War.

‘In prose that combines the sharp, unsentimental rhythms of Hemingway with gentler, more lyrical descriptions, Mr. O'Brien gives the reader a shockingly visceral sense of what it felt like to tramp through a booby-trapped jungle, carrying 20 pounds of supplies, 14 pounds of ammunition, along with radios, machine guns, assault rifles and grenades. He conjures up the resupply choppers that would arrive every evening with '
fresh watermelons and crates of ammunition and sunglasses and woollen sweaters,' sparklers for the Fourth of July, and colored eggs for Easter.’ - New York Times.
  ‘He describes the stultifying boredom of waiting for action, hour after hour, day after day; and the terrible shock of watching a friend be blown to bits, several feet away. In addition, he manages that harder thing of making the reader understand the difficulties and consolations of writing about a war - this war, any war, the impossibility of conveying the horror, and the overwhelming need to make sense of that horror by arranging sentences on a page. With 'The Things They Carried,' Mr. O'Brien has written a vital, important book - a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well’ - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.

Octavo pp. [14] 273 [1]. Bound in publisher's black cloth over black paper boards, facsimile of author's signature stamped in gilt to front board, titles in gilt to spine; red endpapers. Dust jacket priced $19.95 to upper corner of front flap and with ‘0390’ to lower corner.Black dust wrapper shows titles in white and red to front cover and spine, author's photograph to rear cover.
  Condition: Near fine, in near fine gently toned dust jacket   Ref: 109224   Price: HK$ 1,600