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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Now, it might have been the fact that I had read Things They Carried and Red Badge of Courage thf months before, but writing a story about the idea that war causes “emotional struggles” is not new. Also by Bao Ninh. No need to shove a singular idea into a plot-line when the medium of a novel does not provide your message any other benefits.

It is a fine war novel and a ninhh book. It was all the same; it kf to noth Kien became a writer to try to piece his life together, though, he continued to experience ” I discussed with a friend that writers like Annie Dillard can make looking out the window as a child seem utterly profound, while Bao Ninh seems to have difficulty making even the most significant of circumstances important. Why waf he write of the war?

Apr 21, Steve Kettmann rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book builds to a horrific event early on in its chronology, which is really sickening but goes a long way to explaining the nihilistic world view of some of the characters.


Phuong at seventeen in the pre-war days, and Phuong now, after the war but in practice, the changes to each are too much to enable their relationship to survive. George Han cuon nay con ban k nhi?

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. He wasn’t exactly popular with the Vietnamese government.

Kien is a survivor of the Viet Nam war, a North Vietnamese survivor. The bo A nin insight into the mind of a North Vietnam soldier. The book forced the Vietnamese to confront a side of the war they rarely discuss, fo although the novel won a literature prize here, it was roundly criticized by veterans.

The Sorrow of War – Wikipedia

About The Sorrow of War The daring and controversial novel that took the world by storm—a story of politics, selfhood, survival, and war.

Bastards; may they rot in hell!

The many characters are interesting and engaging if short-lived. The author, who was interviewed recently with the help of a translator in his small, damp apartment in a suburb of Hanoi, said he did not intend to stir things up.

‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

Many of those around him had passed out, but he just kept on drinking. To view it, click here. So much blood, so many lives were sacrificed for what?

While their experiences are important, they are hardly representative of the Vietnam War, much less Vietnam. A remarkable emotional intensity builds as the author mixes harrowing flashback scenes from the war with images from his pastoral youth, from his heartbreaking homecoming after a decade away, and finally from the nightmare calamity that ties everything else together and gives the book its tragic power.


The daring and controversial novel that wad the world by storm—a story of politics, selfhood, survival, and war. When I was in Vietnam inI saw the author speak about this book to our class. Not a new phenomenon, true.

‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam | The Spokesman-Review

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Originally published against government wishes in Vietnam because of its non-heroic, non-ideological tone, The Sorrow of War has won worldwide acclaim and become an international bestseller.

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Retrieved on July 2 If you’re interested in the Vietnam War, absolutely read this book. 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.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. A deep-seated sense of ennui has built up in Kien; partially this is a result of the war, with his adolescence shining like a gossamer web of brightness against the shadow which the war casts on his life.

It is amazing that this book can be some horrifying and heart-wrenching through such a poor translation. We were born pure and innocent.