PDF/EBOOK (The Stars The Earth The River Short Stories by Le Minh Khue Voices from Vietnam)

PDF/EBOOK (The Stars The Earth The River Short Stories by Le Minh Khue Voices from Vietnam)

Among these contemporary Vietnamese short stories Le s Scenes from an Alley is most interesting for its depiction of disrespect for life of that of a foreigner a pregnant woman and an lderly man A side of the VN war story I did not know An illuminating read This unusual piece translated from Vietnamese puts you into another culture s thought patterns in an interesting way The translators have tried to capture the feel of both the language and the characters of the stories of Vietnam both during and after the Vietnam war At first I felt that the people were barbaric and shallow but after thought I realized that their apparent barbarism and shallowness are present in our culture in different ways The most prominent theme is the desire for material goods that followed the war and the great divide between the haves and the have nots An uneven collection and it is hard to tell if the unevenness is in the author s work or the translators Since I don t know Vietnamese it makes no practical difference to meOne of the stories Tony D is one of the best stories of any type that I ve read from any author of any nationality or any period Several are fascinating beautiful haunting Enough are frustrating to drag the collection down my parents are southern vietnamese the stories that i am fed as a child are biases against the north if you re mien nam you know what they are for a long time Safe Words even till now it is hard for me to perceive northerners as the same as me or my parents though vietnam. This collection of 14 storiesach a harrowing sketch of the Vietnam War and its aftermath offers American readers a glimpse of familiar territory but from an unfamiliar perspective Often writing from a young woman's point of view Le Minh Khue a war veteran who served in the Youth Volunteers Brigade uses simple understated pros.

review The Stars The Earth The River Short Stories by Le Minh Khue Voices from Vietnam

D The book opens with three war stories the second and third of which focus on the cynicism of news gathering and the looming post war materialism The following stories show how prosperity divides the country as the pursuit of money not ven wealth divides wartime comrades neighborhoods ven families dividing them with cynicism The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, even turning them into murderers of kin It is Chaucer s Pardoner s Tale sketched out across a society Resident Westerners and dollars are a powerful influence in the mostxtreme case when a family of thieves traffics in American remains The Northerners do not fare much better as cynically vicious bureaucrats corrosive and dangerous In the longest and most powerful story marred slightly by a twist worthy of a telenovela introduces Uncle Tuyen who rose to power and riches despite the mistakes that cost hundreds of lives In retirement the life of ordinary citizens was like some dirty straggling stranger worming its way into his house He speaks for blame shifters verywhere Interviewed by a journalist niece he says I wasn t alone in this I couldn t have done anything One day you ll understand Why do you dig up things that make life complicatedI will take a moment here to note the passing of a great small press Curbstone which was sold to Northwestern University Press Curbstone consistently published Vietnamese literature in translation that would otherwise be inaccessible At this point Northwestern seems to be keeping the Curbstone Vietnamese backlist in prin. Rs grounding the stories in Le Minh Khue's personal history You simultaneously feel the rage of the author and the narrator when Khue disparagingly notes that the conversations around her center on luxuries motor scooters and business deals Of what use these stories ask is such suffering How can a culture honor the losses of wa.

Is united i think that it s a far cry to say that the wounds between northern and southern vietnamese have really healedfor me le minh khue s short stories give me a momentary view of what life is like in post war vietnam specially for north vietnamese people i like that some of her stories are uite simple i like that some of them Dangerous to Touch end abruptly and of course i like those that are beautiful and tragic and i like that others are somewhat mediocre what i like most is that vietnam is the uiet nonchalant background for her characters who go about their day to day lives in the countryven in the stories of war some of which dealt with the women who fought for the people s army a criminally understated point of the war the main idea was not so much war torn vietnam but the fragile relationships women forge with one anotheri love this short story compilation i don t think one should go into this with some wild preconceptions that Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude each short story is going to convey some clear meaning orven a clear Rodeo Daughter ending but for one who would like to learn about vietnamese identity women in post war vietnamtc this is a wonderful place to start Le Minh Khue fought in the war that we call Vietnamese and they call American as a Northerner For four years she was a member of a bomb suad on the Ho Chi Minh trail and later a war correspondent But like many an American veteran her sense of loss for fallen comrades and admiration for those who fought is tempered by a disillusion with the peace that followe. E to describe numbing horrors Her stories My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze explore themes such as love and war the tangles of family relationships and the complexities of post war life Khue gives readers a look into Vietnam before during and after the war with the United States  The Stars the Earth the River contains anxcellent introduction by the translato.

Lê Minh Khuê sinh ngày 6 tháng 12 năm 1949 uê ở xã An Hải huyện Tĩnh Gia tỉnh Thanh HóaTrong kháng chiến chống Mĩ bà gia nhập thanh niên xung phong và bắt đầu viết văn vào đầu những năm 70 Lê Minh Khuê là cây bút nữ chuyên về truyện ngắn Trong những năm chiến tranh truyện của Lê Minh Khuê viết về cuộc sống chiến đấu của tuổi trẻ ở tuyến đường Trường Sơn Sau năm 1975 tác phẩm của nhà văn