The Tale of Kieu is a Vietnamese classic. What is especially interesting about this is edition is the bilingual format, which features the original Vietnamese on one page and English on the opposite. Reading the introductory notes allows even those without previous knowledge of the poem to garner much from a first reading.
Tale of Kieu is an account of the life of Kieu, a Vietnamese woman. But on many levels, it recounts the vicissitudes of life in general. Even for readers with no knowledge of the Vietnamese language, the English translation remains a great piece of poetic storytelling.
For students of language, the bilingual work is a gem; the reader need only consult the opposite page for Vietnamese/ English comparisons.
There are helpful end notes, which certainly aid the English reader in better understanding background material and cultural nuances.
Attractive book. Epic poem. Masterful translation. Great read. Great gift.