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The mountains sing a novel

by Nguyêñ, Phan Quê ́Mai, 1973-

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Summary
"The multigenerational tale of the Tràn̂ family, set against the backdrop of the Viêṭ Nam War. Tràn̂ Diẹû Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nọî, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hô ̀Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that will tear not just her beloved country but her family apart"--
Contents
The tallest mountains
Red on the white grains
The fortune teller
Getting up and falling down again
My gather's gift
The land reform
The journey south
The walk
My mother's secret
The country bumpkin boy
My Uncle Minh
Facing the enemy
My grandmother's songs.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A granddaughter and her grandmother take turns narrating. If our stories survive, we will not die, even when our bodies are no longer here on this earth. What emerges is the ominous history of twentieth-century Vietnam told through four generations of a single family. As a privileged 1930s teenager, DiÇu Lan has a bright future overshadowed by a fortune teller's prescient warning of a very hard life. The tragedies begin with her father's gruesome murder by invading Japanese; her mother, husband, and brother also suffer separate, brutal deaths. DiÇu Lan miraculously survives the mid-1940s famine of the Great Hunger and the savage 1950s Land Reform to raise her six children. Fast forward to the 1970s, when DiÇu Lan is again doing everything possible to keep a loved one alive, this time her only granddaughter, H°¡ng, whose parents and uncles are missing at war. Some will return, almost unrecognizably damaged, to continuing conflicts even at home. Widely published in Vietnamese, poet, nonfiction writer, and translator NguyÅn's first novel in English balances the unrelenting devastation of war with redemptive moments of surprising humanity.--Terry Hong Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Nguyễn's lyrical, sweeping debut novel (after the poetry collection The Secret of Hoa Sen) chronicles the Tran family through a century of war and renewal. As middle-aged writer Hương revisits her native Hanoi in 2012, she reflects on the lessons shared by her late grandmother Diệu Lan ("The challenges faced by Vietnamese people throughout history are as tall as the tallest mountains. If you stand too close, you won't be able to see their peaks") and chronicles their journey of survival during the Vietnam War. Hương was 12 when bombs encroached on Hanoi, where she lived with Diệu Lan after her mother, Ngọc, a physician, left to search for her father, a soldier in the NVA. After an evacuation to the mountains, Diệu Lan "opened the door of her childhood" to Huoung with stories of being raised by a wealthy family to pursue an education and resist old customs such as blackening her teeth. Diệu Lan also describes the harrowing truth of the Việt Minh Land Reform, during which her family's land was seized in the spirit of resource distribution, encouraging her to question what she's been taught in schools. Grandma and Hương return to Hanoi and find their house decimated, and Ngọc, who survived torture and rape while imprisoned by South Vietnamese soldiers, comes home without Hương's father. In a subtle coda, Nguyễn brilliantly explores the boundary between what a writer shares with the world and what remains between family. This brilliant, unsparing love letter to Vietnam will move readers. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Fiction
Literature
Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Algonquin Books2020
2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe PDF eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781643750491
1643750496
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