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Love Beneath the Napalm (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 30/11/2013
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Love beneath the Napalm is James D. Redwood's collection of deeply affecting stories about the enduring effects of colonialism and the Vietnamese War over the course of a century on the Vietnamese and the American and French foreigners who became inextricably connected with their fate. These finely etched, powerful tales span a wide array of settings, from the former imperial capital of Hue at the end of the Nguyen Dynasty, to Hanoi after the American pullout from Vietnam, the Chinese invasion of Vietnam in 1979, contemporary San Francisco, and Schenectady, New York.

Redwood reveals the inner lives of the Vietnamese characters and also shows how others appear through their eyes. Some of the images and characters in Love beneath the Napalm - the look that Mr. Tu's burned and scarred face always inflicts on strangers in the title story; attorney and American Vietnam War-veteran Carlton Griswold's complicated relationship with Mary Thuy in "The Summer Associate"; Phan Van Toan's grief and desire, caught between two worlds in "The Stamp Collector"- provide a haunting, vivid portrayal of lives uprooted by conflict. Throughout, readers will find moments that cut to the quick, exposing human resilience, sorrow, joy, and the traumatic impact of war on all those who are swept up in it.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268040345
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Serious and downbeat a Vietnam War story collection unlike all others. "The VVA Veteran, Books in Review II (online) "
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This year is the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which became the Johnson administration s justification for increased military action against North Vietnam. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of ground troops. Even as those reassessments start, Redwood s book will ask readers to look at how the years of conflict with the Chinese, French and Americans affected the people of Vietnam. "South Bend Tribune"
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"Serious and downbeat... a Vietnam War story collection unlike all others." --The VVA Veteran, Books in Review II (online)


"This year is the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which became the Johnson administration's justification for increased military action against North Vietnam. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of ground troops. Even as those reassessments start, Redwood's book will ask readers to look at how the years of conflict with the Chinese, French and Americans affected the people of Vietnam." --South Bend Tribune

"A subtle exploration of the enduring effects of war and colonialism." --Times Union

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