TEN VIETNAMESE by Susan B. Sheehan


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Here is an opportunity to know the ""95% that don't count"" in Vietnam--the chief participants and chief victims of the war. The author, a staff writer for The New Yorker, spoke to ten Vietnamese in this category: thirteen-year-old Le Quang, an orphan who earns his living selling ice cream on the streets and who sometimes cries at night after he has said his prayers, when he realizes that he doesn't mean anything to anyone; twenty-year old Bui Than otherwise known as Hanh Dunc, securely settled as a Buddhist monk: Private Phan Van Loc who spends more time waiting to fight than fighting but says ""we are accustomed to death;"" Nyugen Ngoc Vinah, a North Vietnamese soldier imprisoned at an interrogation center, still determined to return to his village--""Our war is a people's war, a war for a just cause."" There is also the South Vietnamese soldier who rents rooms to GTs and their Vietnamese girls who want some stability in their relationship. It's all down, the facts, the nuances, not as expose but as experience.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Knopf