The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

About the book

Kien’s job is to search the Jungle of Screaming Souls for corpses. He knows the area well – this was where, in the dry season of 1969, his battalion was obliterated by American napalm and helicopter gunfire. Kien was one of only ten survivors. This book is his attempt to understand the eleven years of his life he gave to a senseless war.
Based on true experiences of Bao Ninh and banned by the communist party, this novel is revered as the ‘All Quiet on the Western Front for our era’.

Reviewed by Yateley Library Reading Group:

This book provoked very strong reaction. 50% loved it, 50% hated it. A good discussion was had. Generally people thought it provoked the pointlessness of war very well but was sometimes harrowing. Hard to read as it jumped between past and present and future. Worth preserving with.

Star rating: ***

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