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ISBN: 0297779354
Author: A Grey
Language: English
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; First Edition edition (1982)
Pages: 789
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 529
Size Fb2: 1576 kb
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Saigon is a novel by Anthony Grey

Saigon is a novel by Anthony Grey. Saigon follows the lives of three families, one American, one French, and the other Vietnamese, from the French colonial era in the early 1920s until the last helicopter left Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. The novel was published in 1982 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in London and Little, Brown in Boston.

This book makes a claim as the Vietnam equivalent to Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead written about the . Anthony Grey became a foreign correspondent with Reuters after beginning his career in journalism in Norfolk, England, where he was born and educated

This book makes a claim as the Vietnam equivalent to Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead written about the Second World War. -Daily Mail. One of the most memorable love stories of our time has been delivered with a firm literate hand by Anthony Grey who with this novel establishes himself as one of the finest storytellers plying his trade today. Anthony Grey became a foreign correspondent with Reuters after beginning his career in journalism in Norfolk, England, where he was born and educated. He reported on the Cold War from East Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia, and Bucharest for two years before being assigned to China to cover the Cultural Revolution.

Saigon: An Epic Novel of Vietnam, written by the talented author Anthony Grey, is a fascinating historical fiction novel, deeply inspired by true events though embellished to tell a story, to give explanation to the war many people today still do not understand the true reasons behind. I, personally, found this book very enlightening and even though at times it was deeply disturbing, I greatly enjoyed reading it.

Read Saigon, by Anthony Grey online on Bookmate – An epic saga of twentieth-century Vietnam: This superb novel could well be the War and Peace of our age (San Francisco Chronicle). An epic saga of twentieth-century Vietnam: This superb novel could well be the War and Peace of our age (San Francisco Chronicle). He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin’s daughter he cannot forget.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. An epic saga of love, blood, and destiny in twentieth-century Vietnam: This superb novel could well be the War and Peace of our age (San Francisco Chronicle). But the exotic land lures him back again and again as a traveler, soldier, and reporter. He returns because of his fascination for the enchanting city-and for Lan, a mandarin’s daughter he cannot forget.

And he sees US military advisors fire their first shots in America’s hopeless war against the Communist revolution. A story of adventure, love, war, and political power, Saigon presents an enthralling and enlightening depiction of twentieth-century Vietnam.

Though sadly disappearing, there are still corners of Saigon where small shops are maintaining analog book culture. As time went on, just like most businesses in Vietnam, old book vendors gathered on one particular street

Though sadly disappearing, there are still corners of Saigon where small shops are maintaining analog book culture. Before 1975, books were typically sold by street vendors rather than proper stores. As time went on, just like most businesses in Vietnam, old book vendors gathered on one particular street. This collection of booksellers wandered around District 1 but usually could be found on Le Loi, Nguyen Hue and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai.

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This book is dedicated to our wives, Karen and Jane, who have steadfastly encouraged and supported us through the years. And to all who have sacrificed for their country, then and now. Escape from Saigon is based on true events. Although the situations and characters have been dramatized, the story was inspired by real people and actions that occurred at the time. Keep quiet! Don’t shout!

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Saithi
As a Marine officer who served in Vietnam I was interested in learning more about Vietnam and how it got to where it is. I found this novel fascinating. I usually prefer other than a novel to learn from but this was an exception, written much in the James Michener style. It tells a tale beginning in 1925 and flows through with interesting character until the fall of Saigon in 1975. Very intertwined and provides a good picture of what did go on in Vietnam from French rule, through Japanese occupation (not well covered), French again and the American involvement. The only exception I had was from the 68 Tet offensive (I was there) and then on. It got a little less believable. However, overall I think it is a good read and I recommend it.
Awene
I am a retired Army veteran of three and a half years in Vietnam during the war years. I have been married to my Vietnamese wife for forty six years. In 1970 I brought her and her four year old son (who I adopted) to the US with me. My wife and I have been back to Vietnam five times over the past ten years. We are planning what will most likely be our final trip for December of 2015. Our age and the length of flight to and from make it a very difficult endeavor.

As I read Saigon I felt a deep understanding as the author related the feelings of how the country captured and captivated the young Mr. Sherman from his first visit through the remainder of his life.. I have often felt in my own heart that I may have left Vietnam but Vietnam has never left me. As the tragic history of Vietnam progressed from the time of his first visit through his many subsequent returns and his final heartrending departure one shares the pain, passion, courage, and confusion that was, and remains today, Vietnam.

The historical time line woven into the lives of the characters is an accurate portrayal of Vietnam's past under both the French and American involvement. It also shows the misunderstandings and missed opportunities on the parts of all parties. Only if history were lived in reverse could all decisions be perfect.

Perhaps the best non fiction book I have found on Vietnam
Ueledavi
This was marvelous read about the disaster of Vietnam. The research was spot on ... I only found one minor mistake. Warning .... if you believe the American government can do no wrong ... This is not the book for you!
Beazezius
I salute the author for the massive amount of research and time he spent crafting his 812 page opus.
In respect for all his hard work, 5 stars.

However, reading Saigon, I felt like I was drowning in quicksand. Too many details. Never ending plot. It was overwhelming, the blood, the plotting, the politics, the dead, the tragedy all around. I was at Cornell in the late 60s and I recall very clearly my classmates burning draft cards and Daniel Berrigan's anti-war movement. I recall also this country being so divided over the war and the body counts and the escalation and the lies. I was very eager to learn more of the background, but I had to stop reading it every 150 pages or so, I could not take it any more. I don't know if this is a tribute to the power of the book, or if the fault lies in this reader, but I read several other books in between reading chunks of Saigon.

I also was unable to suspend my disbelief that all this drama happened to ONE American family. If my family is any example, children do not automatically follow in their parents' footsteps, and after all the pain Vietnam caused to the Sherman family, I could not believe so many of them kept going back for more. A book about a 10 year long war cannot be "enjoyed", it can only be gotten through. It took me months (and I read ALL the time). I was so glad to finally finish.

Some people describe a book as un-putdownable. This book I had to put down many times. So because the author made it so hard for this reader to read his book, I conclude my review with 4 stars.
net rider
Totally captivating and very glad I purchased and read. Having lived through the Vietnam Era, I have often wondered "....what went wrong and how could it have been avoided?" While not explicitly answering those questions, the book provides an insight which allows the readers to draw their own conclusions. In addition, the story is a compelling one and the interwoven lives of the characters keeps one's interest throughout. At the end of the day, the story is a profoundly sad one, as there is an overriding theme of unfulfilled possibilities expressed in both the historical and personal narratives. While I will not comment on the personal or familial stories, I was struck with the feeling that, in the historical sense, no one side was "right" and all parties bear responsibility for the agony experienced by Vietnam, its people and all the participants over the period of 50 years described in the novel. I was struck with the possibility that there was at least one moment in time where the leaders involved could have worked out a more peaceful solution and avoided much of the carnage and destruction. Since this did not occur, due to a confluence of bad faith, misunderstanding and a degree of arrogant thinking on the part of many of the players, it represented the loss of a golden opportunity, though not recognized as such at the time. There is a lesson to be learned, however, and that is we all should be aware of such opportunities in the future and be open to seizing them, even though the solutions may involve reaching beyond our preconceived views.

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