Tag: Vietnam War

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer is a first novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for literature.  It’s a fascinating look at the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the perspective of the Vietnamese.  Right away it makes you realize how much Americans only see the Vietnam War from our own perspective, not those…

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

This classic work by Tim O’Brien about the Vietnam War was not nearly as daunting as I expected, once I got past the first chapter. It covered very difficult subject matter, certainly, but in a very human and accessible way. If you’ve read Redeployment, I would say this is equally good and equally important. It…

The Collection of Heng Souk by S.R. Wilsher

When Wilsher invited me to review his book, I was immediately intrigued by its concept and setting.  Sun Tieng is a young woman in modern-day Vietnam who confronts her uncle, who was a commander in a Vietnam War prison camp known as “The Citadel.”  At the same time, Thomas Allen in Britain learns he was…