Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh

All Quiet on the Western Front is described as this story’s only peer for sharing the soulful sorrow of war through one character’s unblinking vision. Having only experienced Remarque’s classic onscreen, I’ll go with what I know and insist that while Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried captures the pathos of Vietnam like nothing else in print, The Sorrow of War moves beyond the war that devastated the author’s homeland to depict a soul as it crumbles under the relentless strain of memories of battlefield horrors and lost love. From the unique writing approach to the story behind the story, and most of all through the power of the text, this book cries out to be read.

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