I have been extremely touched by this book. I was born in Saigon in 1973 and was lucky enough to manage to escape Vietnam on the 30th April 1975 with my parents and my two brothers.
My father worked for the Vietnamese government and had we stayed in Vietnam after the war my dad would have been sent to reeducation camp and my family would have been deprived of all rights.
This book therefore gives me an insight on how life might have been to me had my parents not been strong enough to leave their country and start a new one abroad.
Not only is it really well detailed but also explains the hardship that the writer went through whilst in Vietnam.
I can not recommend this book highly enough to Vietnamese people who left their country at a very young age due to the war but also to others who can see for themselves how the communist regime destroyed a once powerful nation.