Looks like I’ve dropped the blogging ball this month and it’s only going to get worse. I have ideas for so many posts, but by the time I sit down to write either something comes up or I’m already falling asleep or both. It’s been a busy month and looks like it’s only going to get busier.
I’ve just completed Duong Thu Huong‘s “No Man’s Land” which reads like a K-drama complete with a love triangle between a woman and her two husbands. One was taken for dead but returned years later, after “Mien” had already re-married and had a son. The setting is post-war Vietnam and centers around Mien’s choice between her duty to honor the sacrifice of her veteran husband and her desire to stay with her son and the man she loves. The story in itself is not unique but it does humanize the hard choices and personal tragedies that are the result of war.
The book offers another view of the Vietnam War and its consequences, society, the power of community and duty. There were moments when it was difficult to keep from screaming, “OMG, that’s so sexist!” Actually, I did a few times. What can I say? I’m biased.
Next up are Novel Without a Name by the same author and The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen. I’m also trying to hunt down works by Vietnamese poets and writers that discuss Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans in today’s context. I do have a few on my list but please, holler if you have any recommendations.
Still digesting the first half of Kenji Yoshino’s Covering. I shouldn’t try to read three books simultaneously but it’s a bad habit of mine.
Have a great weekend everyone!