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.

Author: Mik Fenrile
Country: Grenada
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 8 April 2017
Pages: 285
PDF File Size: 17.84 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.2 Mb
ISBN: 589-6-86823-532-8
Downloads: 15480
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zulukora

Of the who served with the brigade inhe was one of 10 who survived. It is this sense of loss and disillusionment with life after the war that made the novel so controversial in Vietnam, where authors had srrow strictly about the heroic nunh of war, about the collective struggle of the peasants toppling a giant army and its superior technology. Geoffrey Mulligan, an editor there, commissioned Frank Palmosan Australian journalist who had reported on the Vietnam War and written about it in his book Ridding the Devilsto write an English version based on the raw translation.

Why must he write of the war? Losses can be made good, damage can be repaired and wounds will heal in time. Kien is a survivor, ultimately the only one of his brigade to do so, reflecting the author’s own experience as one of only 10 out of of his brigade to make it through the war. Also by Bao Ninh. Living somewhere between a dream world and reality, on the knife-edge between the two.

View all 5 comments. Few novels capture the degradation of war like ‘The Sorrow of War’. Two million civilians died during the same period, whilesoldiers were wounded andwere listed as missing in action.

It helped me to come to an understanding that none of the anger and resentment I feel about my service in Indochina had anything to do with those we called the enemy but towards those who put us where we were;who bxo us to fight and steel our hearts towards those who were always referred to as “gooks, dinks, or nogs”;those who cynically betrayed us over and over again from beginning to end and who continue to betray us as they seek to limit what they must give in compensation for wounds suffered, physical and mental,to keep their position, their benefits their reputations and what they see as their rightful slice of “the pie”.


Its author has not published since. Then, he searched for himself and for the world, now so very different from what it had once been, now a world where ghosts hold his being in their hands, in their cries.

Part of o fame the book has achieved has come in Vietnam from the honesty of an account that doesn’t present the war as an triumphant heroic victory, and in the US from people being able to read an account from the other side, and see that much of their experience was shared.

‘The Sorrow Of War’ Creates Controversy In Vietnam

Overused metaphors, cheesy dialogue, trite story-line. Tge this kind of peace it seems people have unmasked themselves and revealed their true, horrible selves. The book is a bit of a disjointed set of memories, jumping between per-War, War, post-War scenes and Kien’s relationship with Phuong.

There is much back and forth among the timelines. The sun shone during the day and the air was as light or clean as April or May. Published inthe book shows a snapshot of Asia back then, a meandering and enjoyable read for those particularly interested in the region. Aug 14, Pages. A Ladder to the Sky. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Kien rides in the truck searching for the remains of fallen soldiers in the Jungle of Screaming Souls and recalls that this is where the 27th Battalion was eliminated except for him. The sorrow of the battlefield could not normally be pinpointed to one particular event, or even one person. Dec 04, Kkraemer rated it it was amazing. Finally put[s] an acceptable human face on a group of people long without one. I kept dar myself back,’ Ninh told The Observer in a rare interview at his home in a section of central Hanoi favoured by middle-ranking officials.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nevertheless a worthwhile winner of a wonderful literary prize.

This is a brilliant and beautiful book about humanity and the power of the narratives that explode in people’s minds. Counterfeit sales have reportedly far exceeded sales of the original edition. Kien writes a novel about it, but decides to sorrwo it. My Life With Bob: His life and that of so many others was so horrible it could hardly be called a life. The novel won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Open Preview See a Problem? Ninh says such harsh reactions now belong to the abo.


And at a personal level, the impact of the conflict is shown on the relationship between Kien and Phuong, each so changed by the war that when they come together again they are essentially different people: This was the Universe directing me to baoo this.

Kien’s world lacks emotion and feelings. Not over many others.

A review of The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

He lives with his wife and year-old son in the same building he has lived in since he returned from the war. Now, in a war novel, Bao Ninh provides a rare glimpse of what it was like for the faceless enemy soldiers. It’s a logical way to write about war, but that doesn’t make it any less courageous and effective. The Sorrow of War, written in the stream of consciousness style, [3] opens with a depiction of soldiers on a postwar mission to collect the bones of fallen comrades for reburial.

The Sorrow of War – Wikipedia

Hanoi and Saigon is a slim, elegant book by Neil Sheehan about Vietnam in It’s a haunting book. Wiki says counterfeit copies outsold real ones, which isn’t surprising. I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but the writing style made it impossible for me. A decade after the fighting is over, he passes his days in drunkenness and depression – permanently damaged by the war.

It was all the same; it amounted to noth Kien became a writer to try to piece his life together, though, he continued to experience ” She takes a train with him to the front, and when a bomb throws him from the car she is gang-raped by his fellow soldiers. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The main character, Kien, has many stories from the war, but the glimpses of post-war Hanoi are also jarring.