When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

  • by Le Ly Hayslip, Jay Wurts
  • Narrated by Nancy Kwan
  • 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This haunting memoir tells the brutal story of the Vietnam War from the perspective of an innocent victim whose childhood was dominated by violence, devastation, and conflicts between the teachings of her culture and the realities of war. The youngest in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was 12 years old when U.S. helicopters landed in her village. She was raped and "ruined" for marriage by Viet Cong soldiers, imprisoned and tortured by the South Vietnamese, and sentenced to death by the Viet Cong. Ultimately fleeing to the U.S. with her children, she finally found peace, and in 1986, she was reunited with her family in Vietnam. The story of her homecoming, interwoven with her memories of the war years, paints a vivid picture of a noble, optimistic woman and her native country.

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such a moving story!

helps understand the challenges of growing up in a war zone. empathize with refuges and migrants, it's amazing the hardships some people have lived through.
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- Em

A story of survival and courage, truly moving.

This book opens your eyes to the horrors of war and its far reaching consequences on those it touches. How it can turn ordinary people into monsters never ceases to frighten me. The book describes Le Ly's life and how it unfolds as she grows from a girl to a young woman. It does not sensationalise war, it is purely a story of human survival against the odds. At times it was hard to listen to and I had to stop and take time away, appreciating all the good I have in my life. Man's inhumanity to man can never be fathomed. Yet here are people who have seen such horror and atrocities and are still able to build lives for themselves and even find forgiveness.
I am fortunate enough to have travelled to Vietnam a number of times, a part of the world that stole my heart many years ago, and I think it is important to hear these people's stories and appreciate the history behind the ever growing Westernisation that is taking place.
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- alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books