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Child of War, Woman of Peace Paperback – 1 Dec 1993
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The inspiring story of an immigrant's struggles to heal old wounds in the United States, this is the sequel to "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Le Ly Hayslip's extraordinary, award-winning memoir of life in wartime Vietnam.
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Now that being said, I am still a bit confused on some details. I've read the first book "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places" and I've seen Oliver Stone's movie "Heaven and Earth". I see how Oliver Stone took characteristics of all the husbands and loves in Le Ly's life and molded them into one U.S. marine. But I believe in the first book (I could be wrong) it was mentioned that she was 20 and Ed was 60 when they got married. But in the second book I believe its says that he was 55 after the two of them had been in the U.S. a few years.
There are few things that I think Mr. Stone shouldn't have taken the liberty to deviate too much from what was written in the book. When her second husband dies he did die in a van officially in the police report by lighting a charcoal bbq in his van to try and keep warm on a cold night after he was kicked out of the house. Was it suicide or not? The book says that the police said it was common for homeless people living in cars to try and stay warm in their cars by lighting a charcoal bbq,thus not thinking about the carbon monoxide danger being created. But given recent events maybe it was suicide. To me it didn't seem like Le Ly knew for sure herself.
The book also pointed out that she left Vietnam during the war and came back during the war. Then left again. Something that confused me after watching the movie first. There are other inconsistencies but I guess these details are things that should mentioned in the movie review, not the book review. Overall I think it is worth the read.