This earnest portrayal of North Vietnamese life from the 1950s through the 1980s offers fascinating details about the...

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This earnest portrayal of North Vietnamese life from the 1950s through the 1980s offers fascinating details about the village culture from which its hopeful protagonist Sai hopes to raise himself. A brief description of his combat experiences precedes an unfortunately labored account of Sai's failed marriages and career efforts--an account also burdened by overemphatic socialist proselytizing and by a portrait of Sai's combative second wife, Chau, that verges on misogyny. Still, this first English translation of such vividly detailed fiction--which was very popular when first published in 1986--stands as the best and most involving novel we've seen from, and about, northern Vietnam.

Pub Date: May 1, 1997

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 280

Publisher: Univ. of Massachusetts

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1997