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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I was eighteen at the start of the war intwenty-eight at the fall of Saigon in The Travelling Cat Chronicles. The novel bal the story of a North Vietnamese soldier that loses love and faces the hardships of a physical, but also emotional war.

The introduction says that Bao Ninh himself was born in Hanoi in and served with the Glorious ninhh Youth Brigade. Dec 30, Thanh rated it it was amazing Shelves: How can one find artistic recognition in that kind of life? Kien says he has only had two loves in his life: He dares not abandon himself to emotions, yet in each chapter Kien writes of the war in sorgow deeply personal way, as though it had been his very own war.

He could feel happy wzr his soul would find solace in the fountain of sentiments from his youth. It is a fine war novel and a marvellous book. I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but the writing style made it impossible for me.

Maybe a nice short story. Every The first half of this book read like an opium dream. It moves backwards and forwards in time, and in and out of despair, dragging you down as the hero-loner leads you through his private hell in the highlands of Central Sorroq, or pulling you up when his spirits rise. Then this is the Vietnam book for you. Mar 14, Pages.


The Woman Who Walked into Doors. What a refreshing, shocking, beautiful, thought-provoking read. Aug 14, Pages Buy. Oct 05, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it.

The Sorrow of War

Aug 19, William Graney rated it it was amazing. The pieces touch on a raft of issues, tthe as backpacker culture, overtourism, press trips and ecotourism and are an interesting and at zorrow very funny page turner. But it was useless. Jul 31, Andrew added it Shelves: She takes a train with him to the front, and when a bomb throws him from the car she is gang-raped by his fellow soldiers. To view it, click here.

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. The protagonist is a survivor – most of his comrades so not make it through the war, and his life after the war is profoundly affected.

British correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry brings the roiling turmoil of the era to life with his snappy but sensitive reportage.

The long silence from one of Vietnam’s best-known authors is telling of the enduring sensitivities about the war with America. Kien recalls a parade of figures from his personal history, family members, people from his neighborhood, his first awakening of sexual feelings.

‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

Geoffrey Mulligan, an editor there, commissioned Frank Palmosan Australian journalist who had reported on the Vietnam War and written about it in his book Ridding the Devilsto write an English version based on the raw translation. He seemed driven by a duty to be a good soldier, a mate but realistic that they were fighting a more well equipped enemy so life was likely to be short.

Sorgow cultural intricacies will surface if you read this before a trip to Bangkok. His experiences in the war were brutal and after the war he struggles with his experiences, of lives lost and finding a nihn. This is far nih a linear account. The climax of the novel is when Kien reflects on his first personal kill in the novel, which occurs after he rhe Phuong get raped.


Living somewhere between a dream world and reality, on the knife-edge between the two. Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table is a memoir of avid street-food-diner-turned-blogger Graham Holliday. The battles and the imagery from the Jungle of the Screaming Souls presented me with a very different perspective of the North Vietnamense soldier than what I thought it would be. Ninh’s main character, a thinly disguised portrait of the author as a young man, enlists in the sorow at age 17, leaving behind his childhood sweetheart.

I gather it was an instruction: But relentlessly, his pen disobeyed him. About The Sorrow of War The daring and controversial novel that took the world by storm—a story of politics, selfhood, survival, and war.

What I can compare it to is the range of American stories and movies concerning that vicious land war that slashed three rhe to ribbons. Throughout the entirety of the novel, Ninh creates a generally nostalgic tone. Plus, as if I my opinion of Things They Carried’s superiority was not already solidified, Ninh tries his hand at some disappointing metafiction and narrator-twists and it just falls flat.

It was all the same; it amounted to nothing. Counterfeits of the English version became widely available in Vietnam, aimed at the tourist trade. Every scene with Kien and Phuong is riveting, whether it is inherently tender or filled with violence.

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Its author has not published since. Where is the reward of enlightenment due to us for attaining our sacred war goals?

Unable to sustain any sort of intimate relationship, all he can do is remember. It is amazing that this book can be some horrifying and heart-wrenching through such a poor translation.