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The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

The Ocean of the Future or, in other editions, Pacific: Refresh and try again. After several meetings with both the author and the translator, Hao, in Xorrow, and journeys throughout Vietnam to check details, Palmos wrote the English version over seven months in secret in his home in Warwick, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

We admit to thinking this on hearing about The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, but given it won the Pulitzer prize for fiction earlier this year and being suckers for literary prizeswe had to give it a read. I hope to find more by him.

Jul 02, Ben Jaques-Leslie rated it it was amazing. For many years, he said, he was supported by his wife, who is a schoolteacher. The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Or was it longer? To win, martyrs had sacrificed their lives in order that others might survive.

They try to gloss over the depth of their betrayal and their absolute lack of morality with fine words about the flag and sacrifice and tradition and by passing out a few more medals 40 years too late but they fail to understand the depth and breadth of the impact of their actions, then and now.

Ninh never published again – although he is believed to have finished another novel about the war, called Nihh, that he has hesitated to submit for publication. I feel much more for the enemies they set up for us, more compassion, more in common with them.


His experiences in the war were brutal and after the war he struggles with his experiences, of lives lost and finding a future.

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Sep 17, Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stay in Touch Sign up. Throughout the entirety of the novel, Ninh creates a generally nostalgic tone.

In his piece, he describes reading the book and floating above his bed. Retrieved from ” https: The long silence from one of Vietnam’s best-known authors is telling of the enduring sensitivities about the war with America. Most of the novels about the Vietnam war praised the heroism of the soldiers, and they never delved into the innermost feelings of those who took part in the fighting.

The pieces touch on a raft ot issues, such as backpacker culture, overtourism, press trips and ecotourism and are an interesting and at times very funny page turner. He returned time and tthe again to his love, his friendship, his comradeship, those human bonds which had all helped us overcome the thousand sufferings of the war. A Ladder to the Sky. It is amazing that this book can be some horrifying and heart-wrenching through such a poor translation.

Why Vietnam’s best-known author has stayed silent

It has been said that art is either revolution or plagiarism. View all 7 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

How can one find artistic recognition in that kind of life? It is this sense of loss and disillusionment with life after the war that made the novel so controversial in Vietnam, where authors had written strictly about the heroic deeds of war, about the collective struggle of the peasants toppling a giant army and its superior technology. The Destiny of Lovewhich was published in roneo form similar to photocopying before At the front, among the dead and surrounded by suffering, he often dreamed of and really felt her warm flesh again and tasted her virgin milk; in his dreams it was that which had given him the magical vitality to become the strongest, the luckiest, the greatest survivor of the war.


Want to Read saving…. Russian, in particular, is difficult. The main theme tying these flashbacks together is the love affair between Kien and his childhood sweetheart, Phuong.

Perhaps, it was the translation. Then a mute girl wa Kien has begun seeing when drunk, and has been bouncing his ideas off, obtains the text after he wxr. The recent ye The Future Lied To Us A reminiscence, rather than a memoir, tumbling between the time before war, eleven years of brutal fighting, and then its aftermath. Hoa was an inept year old female guide who sacrificed herself so the troop she was attempting to lead to safety could avoid being killed by an American search and destroy team.

An unconventional, powerful novel about the Vietnam war. Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic is a romp through a bygone era, studying the lives of six artists wad left their homelands to pursue creativity elsewhere. Lists with This Book. For its historical value, perhaps, the novel has merit. Variations of those questions are being asked by disenchanted veterans who spent not one or two years in battle, but, as Bao Ninh laments, their entire youth.

Apr 21, Steve Kettmann rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chudori Epic, compelling, important: Kien ninn in the canteen of the Nonh France terminal in Saigonhis legs up on a table, quietly drinking. Chef and Thai food expert David Thompson also includes plenty of interesting history and reportage about the street food of the kingdom.

Published April 1st by Riverhead Books first published Write an essay, for Christ’s sake. I’m not taken aback by its profundity. When starting this novel, the first in his life, he planned a post-war plot.

He started by writing about the MIA Remains-Gathering team, those about-to-be-demobilised soldiers on the soorrow of returning to ordinary civilian life.