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Great kasianowak 2019-07-14 5:21

Hi Gert
Great daily life shot of this colourful vehicle. The bus looks tiny, no wonder the space on the roof is filled to the brim with luggage. The driver's assistant is a popular job across Central and South East Asia and brings back memories from my travels.
I love the village in WS, I wonder if it is still there after a quarter of a century.
It was good to refresh my memory of your Khe Sanh story (thanks for the link) now I've just finished reading Blood on the Tracks (a book, written by a peace activist who is a Vietnam veteran, naturally full of references to that war)
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:34 PM
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Thank you Kasia,

In case you haven't already read it, you should try "The Sorrow of War", by Vietnamese writer Bao Ninh. It has been described as the first realistic Vietnamese novel about the war, totally lacking the patriotic and romantic description of the heroic soldiers fighting the US and the Saigon junta. It was available internationally in English (and Swedish) many years before it was published in Vietnam. I met him in 1995, but as I remember he seemed uncomfortable and wasn't very talkative, which I fully understood since I had to be accompanied by a translator from the Foreign Ministry.
Have a nice Sunday.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:25 PM
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Thank you Gert, I'll add it to my reading list.

Have a nice week.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:06 PM
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"The Sorrow of War" is one of the masterpieces of world literature, if you ask me. Not always an easy read, as the writer also plays on ancient Vietnamese legends and myths.

Bao Ninh is still alive and took part in "The Vietnam War", the extensive 10-part documentary about the war (1997). He is one of the interviewees there and has many interesting things to say. Also recommended, but you need time.

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Old 07-17-2019, 07:41 PM
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Thank you Benny!

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