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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The literary strength of the novel comes from the way it is told. 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 was completely immersed and it stuck with me throughout the remainder of the book. Somtow A novel not easily defined by genre, S. This was the Universe directing me to read this. Of the five hundred who went to war with the brigade inhe is one of the ten who… More about Bao Ninh. In the second half of the book there is a lot more focus on the main character Kien sorrpw his childhood sweetheart Phuong.

Countless ot intricacies will surface if you read this before a trip to Bangkok. Do I recommend this novel?

Apr 02, Thu Trang Pham rated it really liked it Shelves: Or write about the horrible enemy. This loss of innocence takes place rapidly, in the first few days before he has even reached the front although the story is only told late in the novel: 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.

It is rather overwhelming to be bombarded with the same mood throughout the entire novel. I can read each line and see faces of friends.

But for Hoa and countless other loved comrades, nameless ordinary soldiers, those who sacrificed for others and for their Vietnam, raising the name of Vietnam high and proud, creating a spiritual beauty in the horrors of conflict, the war would have been another brutal, sadistic exercise. After several meetings with both the author and the translator, Hao, in Hanoi, and journeys throughout Vietnam to check details, Palmos wrote the English version over seven months oof secret in his home in Warwick, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.


He was one of the sorrpw who attacked Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon on the day the former capital of South Vietnam fell. Most of the novels about the Vietnam war praised the heroism of the soldiers, and they never delved into the innermost feelings of those who took part in the fighting.

The Splendor Before the Dark. Or was it longer? Kien briefly ponders all of the stories he may have told if his life had not been ruined by war; stories of love, of the lives of ordinary people and their wzr concerns, sar Kien can only depict a world ruined by a senseless war, of perpetual violence and degradation punctuated by sordow moments of beauty, like the silhouette of the female soldier against the setting sun as she sacrifices herself for her wounded comrades; “One year in the seventies a false spring had appeared in Hanoi.

And so on and on, frantically writing, Kien refights all his battles, relives the times where his life was bitter, lonely, surreal, and full of obstacles and horrendous ba. But the psychological scars of the war will remain forever.

Read it Forward Read it first. He is less forthright about his decision to forgo publishing his next novel, claiming that he has written almost constantly since as the editor of a literary weekly in Hanoi. No trivia or quizzes yet. The many characters are interesting and engaging if short-lived. Well worth a read.

The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bảo Ninh

I know a book is heading for 5-stars when, as I’m nearing the end, I read slowly and try to savor the last 20 pages or so. Not just the violence but, as Kien himself contemplates, the worthlessness of it all-after all what exactly has really changed since before the war to justify the loss of sorroa of so many people?


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It’s a haunting book. The account he writes refuses to follow a simple linear structure, circling back and forth through time: No concerns and no hopes.

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Chudori Pulang in Indonesian is a colourful and illuminating novel tracing the lives of Indonesian political exiles in Paris from onwards and, several decades on, their children both there and Jakarta during the upheavals and violence of Published April 1st by Riverhead Books first published Though I do find the Vietnam War fascinating, and reading a novel from the Northern perspective was an interesting choice by my teacher, I still have to say that Ninh wasn’t the author to do it justice.

One day in the future the authorities may even be willing to tolerate a novel about the war. He dares not abandon himself to emotions, yet in each chapter Kien writes of the war in a deeply personal way, as though it had been his very own war. The room is drafty, the walls mildewed. Views Read Edit View history. Most read stories First look: He wasn’t exactly popular with the Vietnamese government.

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The Destiny of Lovewhich was published in roneo form similar to photocopying before Aug 16, Paul Fulcher rated it liked it Shelves: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Bao Ninh certainly takes risk with his writing style, eliminating the classical features of rising action, climax, and so forth. Mar 14, Pages. May 28, Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing. George Han cuon nay con ban k nhi?