Earth and water: encounters in Viet Nam by Edith Shillue

By Edith Shillue

Born within the early Sixties and having no direct event of the Viet Nam struggle, Edith Shillue arrived in Ho Chi Minh urban (Saigon) in September 1993 from her local Massachusetts to start paintings as a school lecturer in English and American historical past. This booklet is a full of life rendering of her time there and in Nam Ha Province in northern Viet Nam, the place she later taught in village schools.
Living and dealing with the Vietnamese, Shillue turned accustomed to their language, historical past, and tradition via situation that diversity from comedian to heartbreaking. Her memoir presents the reader with sharp commentary and considerate remark, even if she is portraying her domestic existence with a Vietnamese family members, recounting the fun and frustrations of training at either the grade college and collage degrees, or visiting to the Mekong Delta, Hanoi, or the killing fields of Cambodia.

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It is full of showy millionaires, socialist cadres, beggars, philanthropists, artists, and actresses. " Hoàng, whom I met at the airport, returned to my thoughts after I settled in; I called him and suggested dinner. "I know a place," he said, as we pulled away from the alley on his motorbike. " The large, open style of Vietnamese restaurants means their doors are virtually movie screens for the well-seated diner. To the left of the bar I watched the street scene: small herds of children migrated from place to place asking for tin cans.

I found the anecdote in an unclaimed copy of O'Brien's The Things They Carried that I had found on a bookshelf at the university. After reading it I put down the book and looked at my map for the Batangan Peninsula. I imagined, on a thin jut of land, the heavy, immature steps of boys following a man so familiar with the land around him that he can walk safely in a mine field. In Viet Nam, where my heart is aware of all the American myths, lies, and truths about the war, and my body and brain are awakened to the nation, I am most taken with this little anecdote, and everything else O'Brien wrote fades.

In order to keep the text searchable and readable on most computers, characters with diacritics that are not part of the ISO 8859-1 list will be represented without their diacritical marks. This book is published with the support and cooperation of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. ) Designed by Jack Harrison Set in Electra by Keystone Typesetting, Inc. Printed and bound by Thomson-Shore, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Shillue, Edith, 1963- Earth and water: encounters in Viet Nam / Edith Shillue; foreword by Kevin Bowen.

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