5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book about a beautiful country in turmoil,
By A Customer
This review is from: Saigon (Paperback)
Never has a book inspired or captured my imagination so much as Anthony Grey's Saigon.
It is a beautifully written piece of fiction that is more factual than most history books. The book follows an American, from his first visit to the country in 1926 at the height of French Indo -China and concludes on the roof of the American Embassy in April 1975, fifty years later.
In the intervening half century a great tale is spun by Anthony Grey of the principal character witnessing every key event politically, socially and militarily, as Vietnam slowly and painfully eases its way to independence.
This book not only provides an interesting look at Vietnam's history, but does so where the reader becomes part of the unravelling saga and so you build up an immense emotional attachment to the chartacters and country.
If you are interested in the historic turbulence of Vietnam's history and its ruinous results to the people then read this book.
I read this book for the first time more than ten years ago yet still I find myself thinking back to it.