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Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Autor(a) de The Mountains Sing

11 Works 929 Membros 78 Reviews

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When I came across this novel online, I was glad to find a highly rated historical fiction book set in a book outside the US or Europe. The story is told from two female perspectives and time periods, during the Land Reform and the Việt Nam War. Though the narrative came across as authentic, the alternating time periods and POVs between different chapters was jarring. I also noticed the author reviewed her own book. Sorry, but I think that is bad form for any author to give their own work a five star rating.

My final rating is 3.5 stars, rounded up to four. Overall it was a well-written novel but had some issues. It is also incredibly depressing, so if you aren't in the mood for that type of story, I'd suggest reading it at a later date.
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Ann_R | outras 52 resenhas | May 25, 2024 |
Ein Krieg hinterlässt immer viele Opfer. In diesem Roman geht es um ganz besondere Opfer, nämlich die, die aus einer Beziehung zwischen vietnamesischen Frauen und amerikanischen Soldaten entstanden sind. Sie können nicht für ihr Dasein, werden aber verachtet.
Die Schwestern Trang und Quỳnh gehen in die Stadt, um als Barmädchen zu arbeiten. So wollen sie ihre Eltern unterstützen, die hochverschuldet sind und kaum genug zum Leben haben. Wie es ihnen dort ergeht, darf die Familie nicht wissen. Trang lernt einen amerikanischen Soldaten kennen und das bleibt nicht ohne Folgen.
Phong wurde einst vor einem Waisenhaus ausgesetzt. Nun möchte er mit seiner Familie in die USA auswandern, denn als Kind einer Vietnamesin und eines Amerikaners hat er es sehr schwer. Doch er erhält kein Visum, denn man verlangt einen Beweis, dass sein Vater Amerikaner ist.
Der einstige Hubschrauberpilot Dan ist ein Veteran, der auch nach vierzig Jahren immer noch unter dem Trauma leidet, das der Krieg ihm zugefügt hat. Er reist zurück nach Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt, wo er einst die schwangere Kim zurückgelassen hat.
Dies ist ein beeindruckender Roman, der mich auch sprachlich angesprochen hat. Die Autorin beschreibt deutlich und sehr realistisch die Folgen des Krieges und was er mit den Menschen macht.
Die Charaktere sind vielschichtig und authentisch ausgearbeitet, so dass ich mich gut in sie hineinversetzen konnte.
Am Ende werden die verschiedenen Handlungsstränge zusammengeführt.
Mir hat dieser bewegende Roman sehr gut gefallen und ich kann ihn nur empfehlen.
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buecherwurm1310 | Apr 25, 2024 |
#ReadAroundTheWorld. #Vietnam

This is a dual timeline historical fiction story set in Northern Vietnam by Vietnamese author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. It is a broad sweeping saga following the joys and sorrows of the Trần family from the 1930s to 1980s. Diệu Lan, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the 1953–1956 Land Reform in which the communist Việt Minh government incited the peasants to revolt against the landowners and strip them of their possessions. Diệu Lan survives the French occupation, the Japanese invasion of 1945, the Great Hunger, the Land Reform and the First Indochina war (1946–1954) between the Việt Minh and the French. Her granddaughter, Hương, faces heartache as her parents and uncles go off to fight in the Việt Nam War, none of them returning untouched by the tragedy.

This is an important, insightful book which creates a sense of Vietnam, its people, culture and history. My only complaint, which other readers have also expressed, was that the two narrator voices of Hương and her grandmother were hard to distinguish. I would like to read more of this author’s works. 4.5 stars
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mimbza | outras 52 resenhas | Apr 10, 2024 |
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher of Workman Publishing, and the author Nguyen Phan Que Mai. While it is exciting to read from a local Vietnamese author, I don't exactly like the author's politics. I simply don't agree with the stance of being anti-war. Is this applied to other wars such as the WW's, the civil war, or the Haitian revolution? What does advocating for peace mean while imperialism/colonialism and the everyday violence of those systems exist? I also could have done without the subplot of the American soldier. I was excited to learn more about Amerasians as I was hoping the novel would reveal an insight into their lives, but I was disappointed to find it lacking. I'm beyond disappointed and I wish I could write more, but I'm tired.… (mais)
 
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minhjngo | outras 23 resenhas | Mar 28, 2024 |

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11
Membros
929
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4.1
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78
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45
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