If you like to have fun, relax, and spend time with other people who do, too, then join the third-annual LATI All-Campus Read! All-Campus Read was created to promote literacy and enjoyment through reading. So, take a break from the textbooks and work and read with us!
This semester, we’re reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Beginning February 9 and lasting throughout April, a series of fun on-campus events will be held to coincide with the book including book giveaways, guided discussions, and an interview contest for LATI students and staff.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to all of the events. You’ll be able to join our online discussions on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LATIAllCampusRead.) All you need to do is like the page and you’ll be included in all of the great interaction.
Getting started is easy. Just pick up a copy of the book, like us on Facebook, and start reading! Before you buy the book, sign up in the library starting February 9 for your chance to win a copy of it. The drawings will be held February 13.
LATI All-Campus Read provides an experience, which not only promotes literacy but also provides a platform for dialog on campus about historical and social issues that impact us all.
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves.
With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.