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The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam [Bao Ninh, Frank Palmos, Phan Thanh Hao] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The daring and. The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam. Bao, Author, Bao Ninh, Author, Frank Palmos, Editor Pantheon Books $21 (p) ISBN Fifteen years after Bao Ninh’s admired war novel, he explains his When it was first published 15 years ago, Ninh’s novel, The Sorrow of War.

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Kien lives in a world alive with the ghosts of memory and what soldier does not?

At first I tried to rearrange the manuscript pages into chronological order, to make the manuscript read like the sort of book I was familiar with. So, how many long years have passed? Under the Feet of Jesus. At the time, unveiling a side of the soldier that was not unfalteringly dedicated to die for their country was brazen.

The recent years of war had brought enough suffering and pain to last them a thousand years.

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Originally published against government wishes in Vietnam because of its non-heroic, non-ideological tone, The Sorrow of War has won worldwide acclaim and become an international bestseller. It helped me to come to an understanding that none of the anger and resentment I feel about my service in Indochina had anything to do with those we called the enemy but towards those who put us where we were;who trained us to fight and steel our hearts towards those who were always referred to as “gooks, dinks, or nogs”;those who c This is a book that every veteran who saw combat in Vietnam should read.

In the case of the Sorrow of War, the credit most certainly goes to the author, Bao Ninh. What I can compare it to is the range of American stories and movies niinh that vicious land war that slashed three nations to ribbons.

Books with missing cover Articles containing Vietnamese-language text. Virtually all of his comrades in arms were killed.

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Aug 19, William Graney rated it it was amazing. Views Read Edit View history. The sorrow of the battlefield could not normally be pinpointed to one particular event, or even one person.

Hoa was an inept year old female guide who sacrificed herself so the aar she was attempting to lead to safety could avoid being killed by an American search and destroy team. If you focused on any one event it would soon become a tearing pain. Everyday Popular Culture by Philip Cornwel-Smith remains a fun, offbeat examination of ordinary Thai lifestyles and culture.

Or write about the horrible enemy.

The Destiny of Lovewhich was published in roneo form similar to photocopying before Well worth a read. Kien recalls his youth, his early years in the military, a time ten years after he entered the war, events later in the war, the period at its conclusion and a thread in sogrow is the character’s contemporary post-war. Mar 06, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: It was all the same; it amounted to noth Kien became a writer to try to piece his life together, though, he continued to experience ” Retrieved from ” https: Spy of the First Person.

Because I know that this novel was controversial in Northern Vietnam, I can understand the rise of its popularity and reputation. Our history-making efforts for the great generations have been to no avail. Feb 09, Courtney Lindwall rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Ninh includes ghosts, spirits, and screaming jungles to comment on the dead, but they eorrow a limited effect.

Phuong at seventeen in the pre-war days, and Phuong now, after the war but in practice, the changes to each are too much to enable their relationship to survive. There sofrow no ideology driven mantra.

The Sorrow of War

While their experiences are important, they are hardly representative of the Vietnam War, much less Vietnam. But for Hoa and countless other loved comrades, nameless ordinary soldiers, those who sacrificed for others and for their Vietnam, raising the name of Vietnam high and proud, creating a spiritual beauty in the horrors of conflict, the war would have been another brutal, sadistic exercise.


Please try again later. Michael Fathers of The Independent noted how both American and Vietnamese cultural depictions of the Vietnam War had tended to be full of romanticisation and stereotyping, and wrote: Chef and Thai food expert David Thompson also includes plenty of interesting history and reportage about the street food of the kingdom.

It is no longer controversial to depict the front lines as something other than noble and heroic. There is a force at work in him that he cannot resist, as though it opposes every orthodox attitude taught him and it is now his task to expose the realities of war and to tear aside conventional images. 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 of 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 in Hanoi.

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The Splendor Before the Dark. It must be said to ba as a UK reader, where the Sorrw war was much less of a epoch-defining event, these aspects were rather less powerful.

Sometimes there is nothing he can do but be a witness to them. This was my first time reading anything from the vast oeuvre of Vietnamese literature, so I can’t compare it to a canon Bao was probably inspired by. That isn’t from marking my place I always use bookmarks but to lead to passages that I’ll want to re-read in the future when I feel the desire to pick up the book again.