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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. The Things They Carried. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. A Child of All Nations. Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Associate Professor of. Next page. Customers who bought this item also bought. The Quiet American. Things Fall apart. About the Author Bao Ninh was born in Hanoi in Of the five hundred who went to war with the brigade in , he is one of the ten who survived.

It is Bao Ninh's first novel. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I heard about this book from Doug Anderson during one of his readings. Doug is a very accomplished writer who is also a Vietnam vet, and had met Bao Ninh in Boston. When he described the book, I had to read it for the unique viewpoint of a North Vietnamese soldier. This book is written in such a stunning, poetic fashion, yet it does not hide the gruesome horrors of war, and what war does to people.

Anyone who studies war and history should read this book. I come from a family of vets who - like me - volunteered to serve our country, only to return with hard lessons and unanswered questions about the human condition. Bao Ninh will take you on a journey through the "other side's" land of horrors, in a book that can never be forgotten.

A vital work. This work is about the Vietnam war from a North Vietnamese soldier's point of view. It isn't particularly political, though it was banned in Vietnam for a time, perhaps still is, because it was critical of the war and of politics.

A soldier's reflection on the atrocities of war and psychological damage war inflicts upon nations and upon the soldiers and citizens. Can a person or society ever heal from war? This, I believe is an important question asked by the question, and, as Roland Barthes proposes, "literature is the question minus the answer," and Bao Ninh's work is true to Barthes' proposal on this point. I am loathe to provide spoilers, and for literary works, style is as much a part of the content as plot, so I suppose this is a spoiler of sorts: The plot is not presented in a linear way, but dislocates time, which is common in many Vietnam War novels.

I imagine a masters or doctoral thesis can be performed on Vietnam War novels and the dislocation of time as a stylistic device. For this novel, however, it is an absolute necessity stylistically to produce the effect the novel builds to near the end, so stick with it if you have trouble with that approach to plot.

A harrowing, but beautiful novel written by a North Vietnamese soldier years after the termination of the conflict. The novel is constructed without any concern for the calendar and past and present are mixed in a very effective manner.

It is not structured like "All is quiet in the western front", a novel with which this has been compared; actually, one can say that this novel disregards time and that renders it perhaps more interesting. The central character and narrator is a teenager that lives the love of his life and enlists in the Northvietnamese army. For ten years he fights seeing many of his battalion mates die, sometimes atrocious death that are vividly described.

Infact he is one of ten survivors of his men battalion. One observes the transformation from idealistic recruit to callous, bitter veteran. Only many years later he realizes that perhaps for atonement he has to put all the story in written form and begins to write without order or plan.

So in the story, war recollections are mixed with those of the crumbling of his personal relationship with his onetime youthful girl. The scenery is beautifully described and made me relive my time in North Vietnam. The language is simply mesmerizing and the translation by another Vietnamese and edited additionally by a native English-speaker is the best I've seen in a book written originally in Vietnamese.

The best novel I read in One of the best novels about war and about the responsibilities of writing and bearing witness. The book is essential reading for Americans and is certainly not DRV propaganda and for anyone questioning militarism. I really can't praise this book enough! It's engaging and reads quickly, but still has a lot of depth, so it rewards everything from casual reading to serious study.

The translation is quite good as well, except a few typos and in the Kindle edition missing diacritical marks on Vietnamese names. It'd be nice as well if there were the translator explained that, in Vietnamese, people address each other using "uncle," "aunt," "little brother," "grandfather," etc, in order to show relative status, NOT because they are related--this confused me at first. Certainly up there in the pantheon of great novels evoking the physical and psychological horrors of modern war to the soldiers assigned to fight and the civilians who in a total war on their home territory are often condemned to endure battle as much as the actual soldiers, and to cope with the other brutalizing effects of modern total war -- in the tradition of All Quiet on the Western Front and Catch The author writes powerfully and beautifully.

There seemed to me to be some coherence issues which, from a strictly literary perspective, detract from its stature. On the other hand, its seemingly disjointed, flash-back, flash-forward organization, while it may seem chaotic, powerfully reinforces the author's major point, that the horrors that tenaciously reside in the depths of memory, keep popping up and dragging down those participants who manage to survive, regardless of how hard they try to suppress those visions and regardless of how successful their further lives are as an external matter.

For anyone who wants to know what our horrifically misguided assault on Vietnam meant to its targets as well as our own soldiers , this book is indispensable. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.


‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

He knows the area well — this was where, in the dry season of , his battalion was obliterated by American napalm and helicopter gunfire. Kien was one of only ten survivors. This book is his attempt to understand the eleven years of his life he gave to a senseless war. Bao Ninh.


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But the novel seems cleverly reflective of the post-war mind of protagonist Kien, who has survived horrible attack after horrible attack during the war, and then experiences more horror collecting dead bodies during the years directly afterwards. Now he's writing his experiences down to exorcise his demons. Living somewhere between a dream world and reality, on the knife-edge between the two. The introduction says that Bao Ninh himself was born in Hanoi in and served with the Glorious 27th Youth Brigade. Of the who served with the brigade in , he was one of 10 who survived. The novel is thus at least partly autobiographical, and indeed the Communist Party of Vietnam banned the book.



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