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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Edition edition (Feb. 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195137876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195137873
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I did not realize the importance of reading a book written from a Vietnamese viewpoint until I began reading other books on Vietnam written from Western viewpoints. Certain events, such as the lasting meaning of the Tet Offensive of 1968 and Vietnam's engagement of the Khmer Rouge are shown in a completely different light in "Sacred Willow".
In addition, Elliot's coverage of an unwieldly time span is impressively complete, even though the ealiest events comprise only a few chapters of this 500-page tome.
Elliot keeps her references to her experiences in America to the bare minimum necessary to flesh out the story, which I found appropriate in a book about Vietnam (not about the Vietnamese-American immigrant experience). There are several memoirs out there dealing with Vietnam, but none are as clearly focused on Vietnam, or have near as broad a depth as this book. I am utterly satisfied and excited to have this one in my personal library.
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Duong Van Mai Elliott has given the world as intimate an account of the entire breath of Viet Namese history as you'll ever encounter. It is remarkable how close to the ground her family has always been throughout her country's efforts to break the bonds of colonialism, regardless of the oppressor. She casts history accurately, relates its impact on her forebears and brings the whole discussion front and center in the conflicts that arise among siblings as they come to terms with some who embrace Ho Chi Minh, others who embrace US personnel.
Mai's own story is full of that heart-rending division as she comes to term with her husband's family, who while very supportive of their daughter-in-law, really are not aware of the enormous drama taking place in the souls of this family. It is not like the Viet Namese to be outwardly emotional, and so their resolve to be brave in the face of often crushing personal sacrifice leaves you stunned.
One of the things I got from this book was that the US never stood a chance. The Us never understood what the central issue was for the Viet Namese people, inspite of having liberated themselves from similar colonialism in their own history. Replacing one colonialist for another, be they kinder or crueler, was not the point: they were still colonialists, and too often the US opted for choices based on ideologies instead of on the human factor, a point the Viet Minh knew was more powerful than bullets.
The war decimated Viet Namese as well as Americans, a point too often overlooked in the rush to build monuments to people who had no business there to begin with. The killing fields that would follow in the wake of the US departure would exact a toll on the humanity of a remarkable people.
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Admittedly, this book is about a family, so it's bound to be subjective. However, it's extremely apologetic towards the author's family members and their actions and circumstances, may they be good or bad. I didn't find this book a good read, because in my very private opinion, this is not a honest attempt to tell the story of a family. The author lives in the United States and neither her nor her Vietnamese relatives still in Vietnam have anything to fear either from American government or Vietnamese government at this point in time (2002). Reading this book, I couldn't help feeling that many facts were omitted or presented in a particular way so as to force the reader into a predetermined path of making a judgment. In most cases, I disagree with the author's appraisal of life in Southern Vietnam, as it's obviously biased.
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I am a Vietnam vet that thoroughly enjoyed this historic background as portrayed by Mai Elliiot in this remarkable book. I have always been amazed our government prepared us so lightly for a conflict that needed the knowledge Mai exhibits for this far-away land we tromped into so blatantly. Only a vet could begin to comprehend the extent of Mai's wonderful treatment of her native people's travails and create the respect one has to garner for their toughness and leathery resiliency.
I flew helicopters in the Mekong Delta in 1966-67 at Vinh Long, with the Outlaws of the 175th Aviation Company--a very lucky assignment. I grew familiar with the terrain this VN author describes and the torment of her citizenry in this conflict. Every vet and family member of a Vietnam vet should have this book in their library; hurry up and buy it before it is past!! My book of the same title as my unit covers our flying experiences as youthful US Army Aviators.
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This family saga starts out slowly and methodically more than a century ago. The story of earlier generations seems distant, impersonal and embellished, as sagas are wont to get. But as the author progresses through time to the more recent past, the richness and reality of the story takes hold. If you are patient enough to wade through the first few chapters, you will find a fine and inspiring story of perseverance and optimism. As it is only one family?s experience, it should not be taken as the story of a nation. But in conversations I have had with friends and in-laws, it does seem quite typical, especially for Northern Catholics.
Many have justifiably compared this book to Wild Swans, the multi-generational tale of a Chinese family. There are many parallels between the two. But there are fundamental differences that, in my mind, negate many of the similarities. First is that Wild Swans focuses mainly on the women in the family while Sacred Willow is more equitable in its coverage of women and men in the family. Perhaps more important to my political mind is that, in Wild Swans, the family joined the Party that persecuted them while in Sacred Willow, the family tried their best to keep the ruling forces at a safe distance. An earlier reviewer cites this distance as a flaw in the story. It certainly makes the tragedy of Sacred Willow less ironic, but the family seems all the worse for it.
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