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Unable to sustain any sort of intimate relationship, all he can do is remember. Sorrlw 17, Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sorrkw Afterland by Mai Der Vang is an extraordinary collection of powerful poems that excavate the humanity of those swept up in the war and the subsequent exodus of someHmong refugees to the United States. But nothing is as straightforward as it first seems. What I can compare it to is the range of American stories and movies concerning that vicious land war that slashed three nations to ribbons.

‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

Many of those around him had passed out, but he just kept on drinking. The first half of this book read like an opium dream.

Not just the violence but, as Kien himself contemplates, the worthlessness of it all-after all what exactly has really changed since before the war to justify the loss of lives of so many people?

I can read og line and see faces of friends. It is no longer controversial to depict the front lines as something other than noble and heroic. Chronicle[s] the wrecked lives of North Vietnamese soldiers who enter the war with blazing idealism, only to sink deeper into disillusionment and pessimism as everything they know falls apart around them.


Views Read Edit View history. Instead, Vietnamese know their most famous war novel as The Destiny of Love. Is it the author or the translator?

The novel was as controversial in Vietnam when it was published in kf Robert S. But when it comes to being pleased at holding this hot little published recipe book in my hand, does it matter? I gather it was an instruction: Or was it longer?

Apr 21, Steve Kettmann rated it it was amazing Shelves: His nose had flattened, and his cheeks had collapsed, revealing his teeth and eye-sockets. The April 3rd Incident.

A review of The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

Kien briefly ponders all of the stories he may have told if his life had not been ruined by war; stories of love, of the lives of ordinary people and their every-day concerns, instead Kien can only depict a world ruined by a senseless war, of perpetual violence and degradation punctuated by odd moments yhe beauty, like the silhouette of the female soldier against the setting sun as she sacrifices herself for her wounded comrades; “One year in the seventies a false spring had appeared minh Hanoi.

He writes in an intimately personal, rather modernist idiom that has largely been forgotten by Anglo-American writers.

This is a book that every veteran who saw combat in Vietnam should read. Kien writes a novel about it, but decides to burn it. Quotes from The Nihh of War. In the parks the flowers began blooming and migratory birds began returning to nest under the eaves of the buildings. He was one of the victorious North Vietnamese soldiers who took Saigon for the Communist forces 20 years ago. It is no longer controversia Ninj main problem with this book, besides the general lack of character development and plot, is that its overall theme wat overdone.

It is bal overwhelming to be bombarded with the same mood throughout the entire novel. Kien is a survivor of the Viet Nam war, a North Vietnamese survivor. That was the case with this one and as I look at the book sitting next to me I see a large number of dog eared pages. Any page seemed like the first, any page could have been the last. And so on and on, frantically writing, Kien refights all his battles, relives the times where his life was bitter, lonely, surreal, and full of obstacles and horrendous mistakes.


Yes, he sees ghosts. In the novel we are reading, this is given an added and perhaps unnecessary metafictional touch in that in part we are reading Kien’s account and in part commentary on it by someone who found the pages, themselves jumbled, and is trying to reassemble the story: Mar 19, Jim rated it really liked it. View all 4 comments. View all 18 comments. A Surfing Life is for you.

Of the five hundred men who went to war with the brigade inhe is one of only ten who survived. I know a book is heading for 5-stars when, as I’m nearing the end, I read slowly and try to savor the last 20 pages or so. To view it, click here. It gives the other side and points up so poignantly the universal suffering of all soldiers. It was a soldier’s story, set in battlefields of rotted corpses and the tortured soul of a young teenager who went off to serve his country, and when the novel was published in it brought Bao Ninh the closest thing in Vietnam to instant literary celebrity.