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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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 sorriw mistakes. They are legion, and it appears to be his lot to see them and attempt to bring them some peace.

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The judges citation stated https: Then a mute girl whom Kien has begun seeing when drunk, and has been bouncing his ideas off, obtains the text after he left. 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: But as the title suggests, this is certainly not a novel that glorifies war, nor is it one that tries to tell the story of the wider conflict, focusing on the personal impact on the soldiers who fought: He felt he must press on to fulfil his obligations, his duty as a writer.


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 nihh the war. Jul 02, Ben Jaques-Leslie rated it tbe was bal.

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View all 18 comments. In the case of the Sorrow of War, the credit most certainly goes to the author, Bao Ninh. At a purely personal level this didn’t quite work for me. He lives with his sororw and year-old son in the same building he has lived in since he returned from the war. To win, martyrs had sacrificed their lives in order that others might survive. Sometimes there is nothing he can do but be a witness to them. Its author has not published since.

So, how many long years have passed?

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It is rather overwhelming to be bombarded with the same mood throughout sorroa entire novel. They were more amazed than happy with the peace. Bao Ninh signed up sorriw 17, joining the 27th Youth Brigade, famous because only 10 soldiers of the original in the unit survived the war, which ended in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He wasn’t exactly popular with the Vietnamese government. Mar 19, Jim rated it really liked it.


The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam

Kien sat in the canteen of the Air France terminal in Saigonhis legs up on a table, quietly drinking. His overall subject is what war does to the people who fight it, and the novel is in part about the writing of the novel, the kind of approach that usually fails, at least in my estimation, but here works oddly well.

About The Sorrow of War The daring and controversial novel that took the world by storm—a story of politics, selfhood, survival, and war. There is one killing field in particular that chills him. But the psychological scars of the war will remain forever.

You have been successfully subscribed! No need to shove a singular idea into a plot-line when the medium of a novel does not provide your message any other benefits. Throughout the entirety of the novel, Ninh creates a generally nostalgic tone. Just a moment while we sign you in to your If account.

The Sorrow of War

Open Preview See a Problem? Not a new phenomenon, true. The memory that afternoon reawakened in him the sense of sacred duty.