- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; First edition edition (1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385247583
- ISBN-13: 978-0385247580
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace Hardcover – 1989
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This is a good book, and I have learned something truly valuable. I will never think of Vietnam war or Veterans day the same way I did before I read this book.
This book was made into a film Heaven and Earth [DVD]  directed by Oliver Stone. The film had neither commercial nor critical success on release but to me is actually one of Stone's best. Ideally see the film first, then read the book. The film changes some details and incidents but preserves the spirit of the book well.
Le Ly grows up in Central Vietnam, a region that has its own culture and identity but was partitioned between North and South Vietnam during the war period.
Her parents remembered the ruthless Japanese occupation in World War 2 and the war between the French colonialists and the Vietnamese Communist guerillas that followed. By the time Le Ly is old enough to understand what is going on the Americans and the South Vietnamese Republic have succeeded the French in fighting against the Vietnamese Communists for control of the country.
Most but not all villagers initially secretly sympathise with the Communists but some have cause to regret that later. It is dangerous to be seen to support either side, but also dangerous not to do so.Read more ›
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Excellent, follow up book a must too. Reading this should give the Powers that Be an incentive to avoid all future wars - but of course it wont. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Maeve
It. Is an interesting book to read if you are visiting Vietnam. However the print is not good and very small. Also the binding om my copy is poor.Published on 28 Nov. 2013 by Busylizzie
This book was originally written in English, and published as "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2011 by John P. Jones III
This is a remarkable story about a very brave young woman caught up in a desperate struggle for survival. Well written in an easy, readable style. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2003
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