Novel without a Name

Novel without a Name A Piercing, Unforgettable Tale Of The Horror And Spiritual Weariness Of War, Novel Without A Name Will Shatter Every Preconception Americans Have About What Happened In The Jungles Of Vietnam With Duong Thu Huong, Whose Paradise Of The Blind Was Published To High Critical Acclaim In 1993, Vietnam Has Found A Voice Both Lyrical And Stark, Powerful Enough To Capture The Conflict That Left Millions Dead And Spiritually Destroyed Her Generation Banned In The Author S Native Country For Its Scathing Dissection Of The Day To Day Realities Of Life For The Vietnamese During The Final Years Of The Vietnam War, Novel Without A Name Invites Comparison With All Quiet On The Western Front And Other Classic Works Of War Fiction The War Is Seen Through The Eyes Of Quan, A North Vietnamese Bo Doi Soldier Of The People Who Joined The Army At Eighteen, Full Of Idealism And Love For The Communist Party And Its Cause Of National Liberation But Ten Years Later, After Leading His Platoon Through Almost A Decade Of Unimaginable Horror And Deprivation, Quan Is Disillusioned By His Odyssey Of Loss And Struggle Furloughed Back To His Village In Search Of A Fellow Soldier, Quan Undertakes A Harrowing, Solitary Journey Through The Tortuous Jungles Of Central Vietnam And His Own Unspeakable Memories. Lovesick doves cooed all day in the bamboo Grasshoppers flew in the grass on the edge of the dikes Women laughed, teasing and chasing one another, rolling in the rice fields They made us laughThere was once a kite that dipped and swayed in the blue of the sky, our dreams reeling in the same spaceAnd there is the earth, this mud where the flesh rots, where eyes decompose These arms, these legs that crunch in the jaws of the boars The souls ulcerated and foul from killing, the bodies s Lovesick doves cooed all day in the bamboo Grasshoppers flew in the grass on the edge of the dikes Women laughed, teasing and chasing one another, rolling in the rice fields They made us laughThere was once a kite that dipped and swayed in the blue of the sky, our dreams reeling in the same spaceAnd there is the earth, this mud where the flesh rots, where eyes decompose These arms, these legs that crunch in the jaws of the boars The souls ulcerated and foul from killing, the bodies so starved for tenderness that they haunt stables in search of pleasure There is this gangrene that eats at the heart This is the first book I ve read that is wholly concerned with the Vietnam War It was likely simple procrastination that birthed the mission to have my first literature experience set in complete opposition to the mythos of the US, the endless me me me of protests and veterans and yet another tale of isolated invaders making
We might look at it this way one of the areas of life from which female voices are sorely absent is the war front There are relatively few soldierly memoirs, fictionalised or otherwise, by women Duong Thu Huong fought in the war she describes, yet she chooses to take the perspective of a man, Quan, who is living in the blur of transitions from young to middle aged, from idealism to disillusionment through the dark tunnel of a long, grinding conflict.Initially I was disappointed by her decisio We might look at it this way one of the areas of life from which female voices are sorely absent is the war front There are relatively few soldierly memoirs, fictionalised or otherwise, by women Duong Thu Huong fought in the war she describes, yet she chooses to
I don t think I ve ever read a war novel, other than The Red Badge of Courage, and that was only because it was required reading for school It simply does not interest me But here I thought I d give this one a chance, since it was written by a Vietnamese woman, i.e not your typical war novel writer All Hoang had left was one arm, one leg, and a diary filled with gilded dreams I remember ri
We ve all, I m sure, seen plenty of anti Vietnam movies Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter But how many of us have experienced a piece of art that told Vietnam s story from the Vietnamese perspective Duong Thu Huong seeks to give the country a voice with this novel, and oh does she succeed in the most horrifying way imaginable.This novel is often c
The war for national unification one hesitates to call it liberation, since the bulk of the novel takes place after the Americans have withdrawn narrated by a Northern veteran Quan, having enlisted as a patriotic eighteen year old, reflects on the changes that ten years of war and violence has inflicted on his country and his life He finds many of the same issues that the American soldiers experienced during their service and after their return a self serving command structure blinded by id The war for national unification one hesitates to call it liberation, since the bulk of the novel takes place after the Americans have withdrawn narrated by a Northern veteran Quan, having enlisted as a patriotic eighteen year old, reflects on the changes that ten years of war and violence has inflicted on his country and his life He finds many of the same issues that the American soldiers experienced during their service and after their return a self serving command structure blinded by ideology, post traumatic stress, friendly fire, and, most devas
Why I think this might be the finest piece of Vietnam War fiction I ve ever read, even better than the fine accounts given by Tim O Brien and Bao Ninh, and a ready rival to that of Denis Johnson.Most American art tends to describe the Vietnam War in gruff plainspeak The Things They Carried, The Deer Hunter or fractured psychedelia Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Tree of Smoke , Vietnamese writers take a different tack altogether Vietnam might have been the war that signaled the end of Ame Why I think this might be the finest piece of Vietnam War fiction I ve ever read, even better than the fine accounts given by Tim O Brien and Bao Ninh, and a ready rival to that of Denis Johnson.Most American art tends to describe the Vietnam War in gruff plainspeak The Things They Carried, The Deer Hunter or fractured psychedelia Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Tree of Smoke , Vietnamese writers take a different tack altogether Vietnam might have been the war that signaled the end of America s age of innocence,
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i cant say this is my review, itslike my comment this book is my favourite book, about the vietnam war, about how the vietnamnesse face the war I read this book is like a thousand time but i never get bored I always have negative opini
How proud we were of our youth Ten years ago, the day we left for the front, I had never imagined this All we had wanted was to be able to sing songs of glory Who cared about mortars, machine guns, mines, bayonets, daggers Anything was good for killing, as long as it brought us glory We pulled the trigger, we shot, we hacked away, intoxicated by hatred we demanded equality with our hatred The primary events of this novel take place in the last year of the conflict between North and South V How proud we were of our youth Ten years ago, the day we left for the front, I had never imagined this All we had wanted was to be able to sing songs of glory Who cared about mortars, machine guns, mines, bayonets, daggers Anything was good for killing, as long as it brought us glory We pulled the trigger, we shot, we hacked away, intoxicated by hatred we demanded equality with our hatred The primary events of this novel take place in the last year of the conflict between North and South Vietnam It s important to distinguish that from the Vietnam War which is specific to the US intervention into the conflict, a conflict which preceded our intervention by a great number of years, and continued for another two years after the
Pretty harrowing stuff from start to finish Thelyrical passages are pretty disorienting, the way they dovetail with all the brutality and disillusionment.

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  • Hardcover
  • 292 pages
  • Novel without a Name
  • Dương Thu Hương
  • English
  • 13 January 2017
  • 0688127827