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’m not taken aback by its profundity. Why must he write of the war? But as the title suggests, this is certainly not a novel that glorifies war, nor is it one that tries to tell the story of the wider conflict, focusing on the personal impact on the soldiers who fought: Now he’s writing his experiences down to exorcise his demons.

In the case of the Sorrow of War, the credit most certainly goes to the author, Bao Ninh. In November the Book Distributors Guild of Vietnam named the English version of Sorrow as the biggest selling Vietnamese book in the country’s history. Because I know that this novel was controversial in Northern Vietnam, I can understand the rise of its od and reputation. He was one of the victorious North Vietnamese soldiers who took Saigon for the Communist forces 20 years ago.

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Looking for More Great Reads? The judges citation stated https: Living somewhere between a dream world and reality, on the knife-edge between the two. Then a mute girl whom Kien has begun seeing when abo, and has been bouncing his ideas off, obtains the text after he left. But when it comes to being pleased at holding this hot little published recipe book in my hand, does it matter?

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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. I discussed with a friend that writers like Annie Dillard can make looking out the window as a ning seem utterly profound, while Bao Ninh seems to have difficulty making even the most significant of circumstances important.

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. This is a brilliant and beautiful book about humanity and the power of the narratives that explode in people’s minds. Jennifer Gillan and Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

It focuses on the shifting fortunes of a non-Burman family swept up in the turmoil, as they take advantage of the good times and face tragedy during the bad. It is rather overwhelming to be bombarded with the sofrow mood throughout the entire novel. Nevertheless a worthwhile winner of a wonderful literary prize. The way it stands now is just too long for what it says. Lists with This Book. He dares not abandon himself to emotions, yet in each chapter Kien writes of the war in a deeply personal way, as though it had been his very own war.


Interesting that the returned soldiers received the same disinterested reception as their American and allies received.

Aug 14, Pages Buy. The bo A rare insight into the mind of a North Vietnam soldier. Closer to fourteen years lost because of the war. Refresh and try again. Well worth a read.

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

It has since been translated into 14 other languages, all but one from the Palmos English version, the exception being the French wqr, which was done by a leading academic. We were born pure and innocent.

The Sorrow ear War: Hanoi and Saigon is a slim, elegant book by Neil Sheehan about Vietnam in Among figures released last month, Vietnam said that 1. For many years, he said, he was supported by his wife, who is a schoolteacher.

The Sorrow of War

Finally put[s] an acceptable human wra on a group of people long without one. Bao Ninh certainly takes risk with his writing style, eliminating the classical features of rising action, climax, and so forth. When it was first published 15 years ago, Ninh’s novel, The Sorrow of War, was a revelation.

The sorrow of war. The Cold War was still on,’ he says. Kien sat in the canteen of the Air France terminal in Saigonhis legs up on a table, quietly drinking.