The Eaves of Heaven

The Eaves of Heaven

A Life in Three Wars

Book - 2008
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From award-winning author Andrew X. Pham, a son's memoir of his Vietnamese father's experiences over the course of three wars. Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham's family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War. Told in chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, the book re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. Pham offers a rare portal into a lost world as he chronicles Thong Van Pham's heartbreaks, triumphs, and bizarre reversals of fortune, whether as a South Vietnamese soldier pinned down by enemy fire, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese under brutal interrogation, or a refugee desperately trying to escape Vietnam after the last American helicopter has abandoned Saigon.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780307381200
Characteristics: 301 p. ;,25 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2013

"In The Eaves of Heaven, Andrew Pham relates the life of his father, Thong von Pham, who lived through three wars: the Japanese occupation of Vietnam during World War II; the French occupation following the Japanese defeat; and the war between North and South Vietnam in which the U.S. participated. Interweaving episodes from Thong's childhood, his adolescence, and his adult service in the South Vietnamese army, Andrew emphasises the suffering that characterized Thong's life. This detailed portrait reveals the very personal effects of war while illuminating the larger picture of Vietnam's modern history." April 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

Nov 30, 2011

A very readable memoir of Vietnam, from WWII to the fall of Saigon.

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