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The Barracks Thief
TOBIAS WOLFF

The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff
13 reviews (1984) (112p)
PEN/Faulkner Award Winner

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Book Description
The Barracks Thief is the story of three young paratroopers waiting to be shipped out to Vietnam. Brought together one sweltering afternoon to stand guard over an ammunition dump threatened by a forest fire, they discover in each other an unexpected capacity for recklessness and violence. Far from being alarmed by this discovery, they are exhilarated by it; they emerge from their common danger full of confidence in their own manhood and in the bond of friendship they have formed.

This confidence is shaken when a series of thefts occur. The author embraces the perspectives of both the betrayer and the betrayed, forcing us to participate in lives that we might otherwise condemn, and to recognize the kinship of those lives to our own.


Other Award Winning Books by Tobias Wolff
Old School by Tobias Wolff
151 reviews (2003) (208p) (NBCCA) (PF) (LATimes) (ALA)
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The Night in Questions by Tobias Wolff
21 reviews (1996) (224p) (ALA)
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In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War by Tobias Wolff
48 reviews (1994) (240p) (ALA Non)
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Tobias Wolff Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 6  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 4  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 Old School ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 1 The Barracks Thief ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 Old School · The Barracks Thief ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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