Monday, April 19

The Man From Saigon by Marti Leimbach

An enthralling and beautiful new novel about love and allegiance during the Vietnam War, from the author of Daniel Isn't Talking and Dying Young.

It's 1967, and Susan Gifford is one of the first women reporters on assignment in Saigon, dedicated to her job and passionately in love with an American TV reporter. Son is a Vietnamese photographer anxious to get his work into the American press. Together they cover every aspect of the war from combat missions to the workings of field hospitals. Then one November morning, narrowly escaping death during an ambush, Susan and Son find themselves the prisoners of three Vietcong soldiers who have been separated from their unit.

Now, under constant threat from American air strikes, helpless in the hands of the enemy, they face the daily hardships of the jungle together. As time passes, the bond between Susan and Son deepens, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Son to harbor the secret that could have profound consequences for them both.


MY REVIEW

Too soon we forget the atrocities of war, and this book brings it all back with clarity and honesty. Written primarily about a female American journalist and a Vietnamese photographer, their relationship deepens when they become prisoners of war.

Susan and her friend Son experience heart-wrenching devastation and atrocious living conditions as they make their way on foot through a country devastated by war. The three young Vietcong soldiers that are holding them captive have been separated from their unit, and they hope to use Susan and Son as bargaining chips for their own safety in the jungle.

Horror, images of war, descriptive sights, sounds and smells that we can only imagine ... yet intermingled with glimpses of love and hope. The characters in this book will draw you into their lives and you will never be the same.

My rating - 5 out of 5

Thank you to Doubleday for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

The Man From Saigon: A Novel
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese (Feb 23 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385529864
ISBN-13: 978-0385529860

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