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Mourning Headband for Hue Vietnam January 1968 As the citizens of Hue are preparing to celebrate Tet the start of the Lunar New Year Nha Ca arrives in the city to attend her father's funeral Without warning war erupts all around them drastically changing or cutting short their lives After a month of fighting their beautiful city lies in ruins and thousands of people are dead Mourning Headband for Hue tells the story of what happened during the fierce North Vietnamese offensive and is an unvarnished and riveting account of war as experienced by ordinary people caught up in the violence It is a sad and tragic story of the battle of Hue seen through the eyes of the citizens of Hue The book was excellent the only problem is that every Vietnamese name is only symbols and letter so you really had a hard time following the character Vietnamese names are hard enough to follow as it is this copy made it impossible I would have contacted Barnes and Nobles for a refund if the Book hadn't cost a mere 99 I cried a lot reading this book probably because I was born and raised in Hue thus I'm familiar with all the settings and names Nha Ca mentioned War is severe inhumane and unjust no matter which side you are in My condolence goes to all the blood shed Northerners and Southerners victors and losersNha Ca's viewpoint may be a bit subjective to me and her writing is not so impressive but the historical background makes this book uniue and precious to anyone who wants to know what exactly happened in the Vietnam War This book was written in 1969 and has been republished in a new translation It's the story of what civilians including the author and her family went through during the horrendous fighting that took place in the city of Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive Few books relate the horror of war among innocent civilians graphically than this one does It does not make for comfortable reading but the tale should be told Nha Ca's Mourning Headband for Hue An Account of the Battle for Hue Vietnam 1968 is a graphic account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War as experienced by civilians that were beginning to celebrate the Lunar New Year The author had arrived in Hue to attend her father's funeral when the violence erupted and engulfed the city Due to its strategic position on the Sông Hương River and being home of the Tay Loc airfield the city of Hue was a focal point of the Tet Offensive Nha Ca's story deals with events during this time period and how her and her family's lives as well as those of other civilians were affected by the fighting and the siege of the cityAt the end of the offensive which had centered upon the city for just over a month January 30 March 3 1968 approximately 5000 civilians had been killed and the city was in ruins The battle also marked a critical shift in public perceptions of the warMost stories concerning war are told from a military or political point of view Nha Ca's story is one of relatively few from a civilian viewpoint As the old adage goes Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it G Santayana Therefore I believe stories like this are important and should be incorporated into history classes though I would not recommend this particular account to younger readers due to its graphic natureThis book was won from the Goodreadscom website

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Mourning Headband for Hue
  • Nhã Ca
  • English
  • 13 August 2016
  • 9780253014177

About the Author: Nhã Ca

Nhã Ca 1939 tên thật là Trần Thị Thu Vân sinh trưởng tại Huế đến năm 1960 thì vào Sài Gòn và bắt đầu sự nghiệp viết văn Với tập thơ đầu tay là Nhã ca mới đoạt giải thưởng thi ca toàn miền Nam năm 1965 trong khoảng thời gian từ 1960 1975 tác phẩm của nhà văn nữ này gồm các thể loại thơ truyện bút ký khoảng hơn 36 đầu sách Một số tác phẩm đã được dựng phim như Giải khăn sô cho Huế Tình c

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