Bao Ninh: The Sorrow of War
Having recently read the NYT bestseller MATTERHORN, a 'big fat book' [according to the Liam system of classification!] I was immediately transported back to an earlier read printed in 1994, The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh. (I can't recall when I got to it, found it).
Whereas Matterhorn is well written and disturbing The Sorrow of War is a book brimming with humanity and suffering. Having only read American accounts of the war, it was quite a splash when it came out and wasn't so much a case of just 'showing the conflict from the other side' but showing how human beings are chewed up and destroyed in the process of war. As reviewers on Amazon have said: it is probably one of the most touching books you'll ever read.
I'm generally not one for endless accounts of war in fiction, but when the writer can write, it's a genre that can really deliver experience of life like no other, another exceptional read, quality of writing, the visual imagery, was FIRST LIGHT, the account of a Spitfire Pilot during WWII and the Battle of Britain, also a BBC TV programme.
Last edited by Hamlet; 08-Apr-2012 at 20:51.
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