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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Inthe British Society of Authors listed the translation as one nih the Xorrow 50 Translations of the previous century. The Sorrow of War Vietnamese: But this is more of a grievance with some reviews, and not with the author or the novel. The Destiny of Ot was circulated in mimeographed form. Nearly 2, copies of the book were printed in Vietnam, but many more were photocopied and sold in sidewalk book stalls.

Every scene with Kien and Phuong is riveting, whether it is inherently tender or filled if violence. Nevertheless a worthwhile winner of a wonderful literary prize. Overused metaphors, cheesy dialogue, trite story-line.

Of the five hundred men who went to war with the brigade inhe is one of only ten who survived. Then, he worked to retrieve bodies and have them identified so nihn their families could re-bury them with their ancestors. At the front, among the dead bai surrounded by suffering, he often dreamed of and really felt her warm flesh again and tasted her virgin milk; in his dreams it was that which had given him the magical vitality to become the strongest, the luckiest, the greatest survivor of the war.


The Sorrow of War

Living somewhere between a dream world and reality, on the knife-edge between the two. You will never think innh North Vietnam niny its people the same way again. In this kind of peace it seems people have unmasked themselves and revealed their true, horrible selves. Hanoi and Saigon is a slim, elegant book by Neil Sheehan about Vietnam in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At first I tried to rearrange the manuscript pages into chronological order, to make the tbe read like the sort of book I was familiar with.

It was a sadness, a missing, a pain which could send one nao back into the past. Pham Eaves of Heaven: The book forced the Vietnamese to confront a side of the war they rarely discuss, and although the novel won a literature prize here, it was roundly criticized by veterans.

Not to be missed. Will force American readers to acknowledge how little they still understand of the long war that left such a legacy of grief and guilt in their own country. View all 7 comments. I was completely immersed and it stuck with me throughout the remainder of the book.

A review of The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

Kien’s younger age enables the book to more effectively show the stripping away of his innocence, he and his 17 year-old girlfriend Phuong virgins as the conflict begins. Or write about the horrible enemy. Kien is a survivor, ultimately the only one of his brigade to do so, reflecting the author’s own experience as one of only 10 out of of his brigade to make it through the war. Russian, in particular, is difficult. Works in Spanish, for example, are relatively easy to translate into English, but other languages may not be so.


Ninh says such harsh reactions now belong to the past. And so on and on, frantically writing, Kien refights all his battles, relives tue times where his life was bitter, lonely, surreal, and full of obstacles and horrendous mistakes.

Kien’s world lacks emotion and feelings. In his piece, he describes reading the book and floating nninh his bed. Aug 14, Pages Buy. Ninh includes ghosts, spirits, and screaming jungles to comment on the dead, but they have a limited effect.

A short book about the horrors of war. And more time wandering as a Veteran. But for those still living to know that the kindest, most worthy people have all fallen away, or even been tortured, humiliated before being killed, or buried and wiped away by the machinery of war, then this beautiful landscape of calm and peace is an appalling paradox. I kept holding myself back,’ Ninh told The Observer in a rare interview at his home in a section of central Hanoi favoured by middle-ranking officials.

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

It is no longer controversial to depict the front lines as something other than noble and heroic. But relentlessly, his pen disobeyed him.

Bao Ninh signed up at 17, joining the 27th Youth Brigade, famous because only 10 soldiers of the original in the unit survived the war, which ended in When I was in Vietnam inI saw the author speak about this book to our class. The ones who loved war were not the young men, but the others like the politicians, bxo men with fat bellies and short legs.

Do I recommend this novel?