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The eaves of heaven : a life in three wars

Author: Andrew X Pham
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From Andrew X. Pham, the award-winning author of Catfish and Mandala, a son's searing memoir of his Vietnamese father's experiences over the course of three wars. Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham's family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War. Told in dazzling chapters that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pham, Andrew X., 1967-
Eaves of heaven.
New York : Harmony Books, ©2008
(OCoLC)609326674
Named Person: Thong Van Pham
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew X Pham
ISBN: 9780307381200 030738120X
OCLC Number: 165083510
Description: 301 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Author's note --
Prologue: Ancestors --
1: Leaving home --
2: Father --
3: Phan Thiet --
4: Mother --
5: Dalat days --
6: Mid-autumn festival --
7: Sea grubs --
8: Saigon night --
9: Cricket fight --
10: Recruiter --
11: Hoi and I --
12: Draft --
13: Orphan --
14: Famine --
15: Famine soup --
16: Flood --
17: Ambush --
18: Last Magistrate --
19: Democratic Republic of Vietnam --
20: Trap --
21: Algerian --
22: Resistance fighter --
23: Tet offensive --
24: Executioner --
25: Old friends --
26: Champagne bottle --
27: Slave --
28: Lull of silence --
29: Crossing the French line --
30: Fall of Saigon --
31: Widower --
32: Capture --
33: Peasant girl --
34: Reeducation --
35: Farewell, Hanoi --
36: Release --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: by Andrew X. Pham, on behalf of my father, Thong Van Pham.
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From Andrew X. Pham, the award-winning author of Catfish and Mandala, a son's searing memoir of his Vietnamese father's experiences over the course of three wars. Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham's family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War. Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. Pham offers a rare portal into a lost world as he chronicles Thong Van Pham's heartbreaks, triumphs, and bizarre reversals of fortune, whether as a South Vietnamese soldier pinned down by enemy fire, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese under brutal interrogation, or a refugee desperately trying to escape Vietnam after the last American helicopter has abandoned Saigon.--From publisher description.

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by cwarden (WorldCat user on 2008-08-08)

Author's note -- Prologue: Ancestors -- Leaving home -- Father -- Phan Thiet -- Mother -- Dalat days -- The mid-autumn festival -- Sea grubs -- Saigon night -- Cricket fight -- The recruiter -- Hoi and I -- The draft -- The orphan -- Famine -- The famine soup -- The flood -- The ambush -- The last magistrate -- The Democratic Republic of Vietnam -- The trap -- The Algerian -- The resistance fighter -- The Tet Offensive -- The executioner -- Old friends -- The champagne bottle -- The slave -- A lull of silence -- Crossing the French line -- The fall of Saigon -- The widower -- The capture -- The peasant girl -- Reeducation -- Farewell, Hanoi -- The release -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments.

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