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ISBN: 1880684314
Author: Wayne Karlin
Language: English
Publisher: Curbstone Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
Pages: 412
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 157
Size Fb2: 1907 kb
Size ePub: 1855 kb
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His books include Wandering Souls, Marble Mountain, War Movies: Journeys to Vietnam, The Wished-For Country, Prisoners, Rumors and Stones, Crossover, Lost Armies, The Extras, and Us. Karlin attended White Plains High School, in New York and then served in the . Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant

These stories represent the "second wave" of fiction-works about the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict as it moved into both countries, touching and forever changing not only the veterans, but also their families and their societies. Contributors include John Edgar Wideman, Larry Brown, Robert Olen Butler, Philip Caputo, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ngo Tu Lap, Tim O'Brien, and others. Genre: General Fiction. Similar books by other authors.

Just as the remaining trade sanctions against Vietnam are being lifted comes "The Other Side of Heaven," a collection of short stories by American and .

Just as the remaining trade sanctions against Vietnam are being lifted comes "The Other Side of Heaven," a collection of short stories by American and Vietnamese writers about the Vietnam War (or the 'American War, ' depending on who is speaking). This book was born out of the meeting of two people who, if they had met two decades previously, ' writes Karlin in his introduction, 'would have tried to kill each other. oceedings{Karlin1995TheOS, title {The other side of heaven : postwar fiction by Vietnamese and American writers}, author {Wayne Karlin and Minh Khu{^e} L{^e} and Vũ Văn Trường}, year {1995} }.

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A superb collection by American and Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War-what they called the American War: 39 stories that deal with survival-wartime and every day thereafter, when one must survive not merely bullets and mines, but depression, alcoholism, failed marriages, and continual fear.

Manufacturer: Curbstone Books Release date: 1 September 1995 ISBN-10 : 1880684314 ISBN-13: 9781880684313. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york.

University, which was part of their continuing cross-country tour. In San Francisco recently, they were met by an anti-Communist demonstration against them. Royalties from the book are to be donated to a clinic in Hue, Vietnam.

These stories represent the "second wave" of fiction--works about the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict as it moved into both countries, touching and forever changing not only the veterans, but also their families and their societies. Contributors include John Edgar Wideman, Larry Brown, Robert Olen Butler, Philip Caputo, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ngo Tu Lap, Tim O'Brien, and others.

Comments:

Nanecele
If you, like me, have gotten your impressions of Vietnam and the Vietnam War mostly through American movies, the American press, American books, etc., this anthology of short stories can be a worthwhile way of exposing yourself to other perspectives.
I don't mean to imply that most Americans have encountered only pro-American and pro-war propaganda. Quite the contrary. Actually a lot of the popular movies and such about the Vietnam War present the American role in that country quite negatively. But whether the Americans are the heroes or the villains, they're still the main focus. The Vietnamese typically are portrayed as a mysterious "Other," who serve merely as extras in a drama about complex, flesh and blood, American persons.
Half of the stories in this anthology are written from the Vietnamese perspective. Even within that, of course, there are countless sub-perspectives. The reader is given the opportunity to see the war through the eyes of Vietnamese men, women, civilians, soldiers, those allied with the Americans, those battling against the Americans, those who stayed in Vietnam after the war, those who left, etc. I definitely appreciated that.
Having said that, I can only give this book 2-3 stars, because only a handful of the stories, a handful of the scenes, drew me in or seemed particularly memorable. I felt myself forcing my way through a lot of the book. I am not a literary critic, and I fully admit that this is merely a subjective reaction on my part, so I would urge people to give the book a chance and draw their own conclusions. The stories only made a deep connection with me quite infrequently and I have to give an honest rating based on that, but others might find themselves affected quite differently.
I suppose one could find fault with the tendency of the stories to present the characters just a little too sympathetically. You'll find very few "bad guys" in here. Presumably those would be the American politicians, generals, etc., and they're left out of these stories almost completely. Instead, the stories focus on the Vietnamese, and on the type of powerless Americans whom we are supposed to more or less relieve of responsibility for the evils of the war-the grunt during the war and the veteran back home afterwards. And these characters are mostly presented in a way that conveys the message that if you really understood their circumstances and what went into the things they did, you wouldn't condemn these folks. Not all that objectionable a sentiment certainly, but still, I wouldn't have minded stories with just a little more bite, even at the cost of some of the reconciliation and healing.
Wal
The layout of the book is rather interesting, and serves to make the point of the authors clear. Each section of the collection is prefaced by a part of a poem that illuminates the struggles victims on both sides of the war faced. The anthology is also organized in a form that alternates between American and Vietnamese short stories. The plight that the Vietnamese people faced during the Vietname war is often overshadowed by America's turmoil, and it is helpful to see both sides of the coin. Some very formidable Vietnamese authors are included in the anthology, so it is also a helpful way to introduce oneself to Vietnamese literature. I think that the book is very worthwhile, and it makes an interesting attempt at healing the scar which divides two nations.
Skrimpak
"Stunning in both scope and content..." --Publishers Weekly
"Karlin has established a reputation as a superb prose stylist. His uncanny ability to examine the human condition by juxtaposing historical periods and tracing the dramatic impact of one person's history on other characters and consequent events has won him praise...This excellent novel is highly recommended..."
--Multicultural Perspectives
"A superb collection." --Kirkus Reviews

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