"Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid--and despite--the horror and chaos of war." --Francine Prose, O, "The Oprah Magazine" Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of a twenty-seven-year-old ...
"Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid--and despite--the horror and chaos of war." --Francine Prose, O, "The Oprah Magazine" Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of a twenty-seven-year-old Vietcong woman doctor, saved from destruction by an American soldier, gives us fresh insight into the lives of those fighting on the other side of the Vietnam War. It is a story of the struggle for one's ideals amid the despair and grief of war, but most of all, it is a story of hope in the most dire circumstances. "As much a drama of feelings as a drama of war." --Seth Mydans, "New York Times" "A book to be read by and included in any course on the literature of the war. . . . A major contribution." --"Chicago Tribune" "An illuminating picture of what life was like among the enemy guerrillas, especially in the medical community." --The VVA Veteran, official publication of Vietnam Veterans of America
Harmony Book. 2007. 225 pages. 1st printing / edition. Hardcover. Translated by Andrew X. Pham. Introduction by Frances Fitzgerald. Fine in Fine dustjacket. Bright, tight and clean; no names, marks or tears, price intact. Unread. Posthumously discovered diary of a young female North Vietnamese doctor, killed by American forces not far from where she worked
Publishers Weekly, 2007-05-28 In 1970, while sifting through war documents in Vietnam, Fred Whitehurst, an American lawyer serving with a military intelligence dispatch, found a diary no bigger than a pack of cigarettes, its pages handsewn together. Written between 1968 and '70 by Tram, a young, passionate doctor who served on the front lines, it chronicled the strife she witnessed until the day she was shot by American soldiers earlier that year at age 27. Whitehurst, who was greatly moved by the diary and smuggled it out of the country, returned it to Thuy's family in 2005; soon after, it was published as a book in Vietnam, selling nearly half a million copies within a year and a half. The diary is valuable for the perspective it offers on war-Thuy is not obsessed with military maneuvers but rather the damage, both physical and emotional, that the war is inflicting on her country. Thuy also speaks poignantly about her patients and the compassion she feels for them. Unfortunately, the writing, composed largely of breathless questions and exclamations, is monotonous at times, somewhat diminishing the book's power. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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