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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This is a book that every veteran who saw combat in Vietnam should wra. What a refreshing, shocking, beautiful, thought-provoking read. But nothing is as straightforward as it first seems. Any page seemed like the first, any page could have been the last. My Life With Bob: View all 18 comments. Write an essay, for Christ’s sake.

There was no ideology driven mantra. I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but the writing style made it impossible for me. Wiki says counterfeit copies outsold real ones, which isn’t surprising. Perhaps, it was the translation.

The recent ye 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.

Kien writes a novel about it, but decides to burn it. Do I recommend this novel? In fact, it could have been much better binh it had been shortened.


The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bảo Ninh

Thus begins the non-linear narrative by Kien, a North Vietnamese soldier during the Vietnam War, chronicling his loss of innocence, his love, worrow his anguish at the o of war.

Return to Book Page. Rather than rely on linear nattive, he chooses to write in a jarring, fragmented stream-of-consciousness. Trivia About The Sorrow of War 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. One after another he downed the cups of brandy, the way a barbarian would, as if to insult life.

The novel follows the story of a North Vietnamese soldier that loses love and faces the hardships of a physical, but also emotional war. The minh to the Deer Hunter are striking, really.

It tells the story of English-educated Justin, or Little Frog, mysteriously left by his parents with his extended family in a sprawling compound in Bangkok.

Feb 09, Courtney Lindwall rated it it was ok Recommends it for: There’s no romanticism of war here; just horror, and sadness about the pointlessness of it all. As the title indicates, sorrow is a central feature of the story. The Woman Who Walked into Doors. It should win the Pulitzer Prize. I feel much more for the enemies they set up for us, more compassion, more in common with them.


‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

Among figures released last month, Vietnam said that 1. It’s a logical way to write about war, but that doesn’t make it any less courageous and effective.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sometimes there is nothing he can do but be a witness to them.

Because the message wasn’t necessarily powerful. Mar 07, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: The flow of his life focused and refocused and each moment of that stream was recalled, each event, each memory was a drop of water in his nameless, ageless river.

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Books with missing cover Articles containing Vietnamese-language text. Interesting that the returned soldiers received the same disinterested reception as their American and allies received. Living somewhere between a dream world and reality, on the knife-edge between the two. Novels LOA I was completely immersed and it stuck with me throughout the remainder of the book.