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The Stars, The Earth, The River: Short Stories by Le Minh Khue #2020

The Stars The Earth The River Short Stories by Le Minh Khue This collection of stories each a harrowing sketch of the Vietnam War and its aftermath offers American readers a glimpse offamiliar territory but from an unfamiliar perspective Often writing from

  • Title: The Stars, The Earth, The River: Short Stories by Le Minh Khue
  • Author: Lê Minh Khuê
  • ISBN: 9781880684474
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Stars, The Earth, The River: Short Stories by Le Minh Khue By Lê Minh Khuê, This collection of 14 stories each a harrowing sketch of the Vietnam War and its aftermath offers American readers a glimpse offamiliar 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 prose to describe numbing horrors ThereThis collection of 14 stories each a harrowing sketch of the Vietnam War and its aftermath offers American readers a glimpse offamiliar 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 prose to describe numbing horrors There were three of us Three girls We lived in a cavern at the foot of a strategic hill Our job was to sit there Whenever a bomb exploded, we had to run up, figure out how much earth was needed to fill the hold, count the unexploded bombs, and, if necessary, detonate them They called us the Ground Reconnaissance Team That title inspired in us a passion to do heroic deeds and therefore our work was not that simple So begins the first story, Distant Stars Born in 1949, Le Minh Khue was no stranger to the vagaries of Land Reform politics and war Colored by her stint as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Khue s level gaze lingers over the shambles of a war torn country and its reconstruction to examine the soul of a people whose culture has all but been destroyed.The Stars, the Earth, the River contains an excellent introduction by the translators, grounding the stories in Le Minh Khue s personal history the narrator of A Day on the Road speaks from having witnessedthe carnage of war 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 war

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    1. 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 squad 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 followed 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 m [...]

    2. 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 me One 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.

    3. 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 elderly man.

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