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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.
This book is quite remarkable, but the narrator and the condition of the recording make it impossible to listen to, I had to resort to the book instead. Too bad.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is a horrible audible only because it doesn't read word for word of the book, and is skipped most of the book. I have no idea what was going on the entire time or where to read along to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Having visited Danang several times and spoken with many people, including some of Hayslips contemporaries, I agree with some opinions that what this book may perhaps sacrifice in terms of literal adherence to events, it more than makes up for in a great story and vivid impression of those tragic and temultuous times. It also gives an insight into how some (of the many different peoples in and around that region) felt and were motivated to do what they did and how the events subsequently shaped their lives.
I really enjoyed the narration. It was a unique style but seemed to me wholly fitting. I listened to this book while looking out at the similar life and scenery in a neighbouring country I was travelling through - it made it so much more memorable than focusing on a printed page could have ever been.