Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin's daughter he cannot forget.
Over five decades, Joseph's life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon's most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans - and inevitably with Vietnam's turbulent, war torn fate. He is there when the hatred of a million coolies rises against the French, and when the French Foreign Legion fights it's bloody last stand at Dien Bien Phu.
©2016 Anthony Grey (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Having served in Viet Nam, I instantly got caught up in the story. Tragic characters and events abound. Much like the main character, I can't seem to get the place out of my mind.
I read this book back in the 70's and it captured my imagination so much that I never forgot it. However, the narration of this audiobook was in my opinion appalling.
I have always recommended reading this book to others, but I would not recommend anyone to listen to this.
I read this paperback in the 70's, but this is the only one I have listened to. That said, I would not care to listen to anymore. I found this narration patronizing and irritating.
James Adams comes to mind.
So sad that the French, Chinese, Japanese and the US were so horrible as to invade this country
"The real story behind history of my own time."
A beautifully crafted story that brought history to life...and opened my eyes to our real government during trying times. Sad.
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