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When heaven and earth changed places : a Vietnamese woman's journey from war to peace

Author: Le Ly Hayslip; Jay Wurts
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It is said that in war heaven and earth change places not once, but many times. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places is the haunting memoir of a girl on the verge of womanhood in a world turned upside down. The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters langed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the government and Viet Cong troops  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Vietnamese
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hayslip, Le Ly.
When heaven and earth changed places.
New York : Doubleday, ©1989
(OCoLC)582138858
Named Person: Le Ly Hayslip; Le Ly Hayslip
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Le Ly Hayslip; Jay Wurts
ISBN: 0385247583 9780385247580
OCLC Number: 18989662
Description: xv, 368 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Dedication to peace.--1. Coming back.--2. Fathers and daughters.--3. Open wounds.--4. Losing the way.--5. Losing love. --6. A question of faith.--7. A different view.--8. Sisters and brothers.--9. Daughters and sons.--10. Power on earth.--
11. Almost in paradise.--12. Finding a family.--13. Finding peace. --14. Letting go.--Epilogue: A song of enlightenment.
Responsibility: Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts.

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It is said that in war heaven and earth change places not once, but many times. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places is the haunting memoir of a girl on the verge of womanhood in a world turned upside down. The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters langed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the government and Viet Cong troops fought in and around Ky La, both sides recruited children as spies and saboteurs. Le Ly was one of those children. Before the age of sixteen, Le Ly had suffered near-starvation, imprisonment, torture, rape, and the deaths of beloved family members-but miraculously held fast to her faith in humanity. And almost twenty years after her escape to Ameica, she was drawn inexorably back to the devastated country and family she left behind. Scenes of this joyous reunion are interwoven with the brutal war years, offering a poignant picture of vietnam, then and now, and of a courageous woman who experienced the true horror of the Vietnam War-and survived to tell her unforgettable story.

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