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Mimi's escape was traumatic enough and she was devastated to leave a much beloved grandmother. But many were even less fortunate and suffered as the 'boat people' that we heard so much about on the news at the time. With storms, pirates and often refusal on their eventual arrival, this was an hugely risky way to escape.
The postcards of the title arrived from Thailand without return addresses, signed 'Nam'. At first Mimi could not fathom who they could be from, but when she finally realises the identity of Nam she is forced to remember suppressed memories from her childhood.
Mimi interviews several survivors, to relate a piece of history that has probably slipped from many memories.
Although this is the third of a trilogy, I did not feel I should have read the other books first. Having read Postcards From Nam, however, I would very much like to read the previous 2 books.
Written in a slightly awkward style, I would still recommend this for its powerful content.
For an alternative read based in Vietnam, I would also suggest The Man From Saigon by Marti Leimbach.
Mimi is a succesful lawyer based in America, she is a Vietnamese immigrant who has americanised both her name and her lifestyle. Mimi's family were lucky enough to be able to leave their home in South Vietnam just before the North took over. Other family members and friends were not so lucky though, and Mimi has distanced herself from the memories of her past. Then, out of the blue, postcards begin to arrive. Beautifully, hand drawn postcards that are personal to Mimi, and to her past. Who is sending them, and why? What do they mean?
After speaking with her family, it becomes clear to Mimi that these cards are being sent by Nam. Nam was a childhood neighbour back in Vietnam and Mimi has heard nothing from him for years. Determined to find out more about the cards and about Nam, Mimi tracks down refugees and learns through them, of Nam's ordeals over the past years. He has suffered dreadfully, yet still he remembers her.
There are some haunting passages in this short novel, the terrors suffered by Nam over the years are harsh, yet his love for Mimi never dies and his art work iives on.
This is a beautifully crafted story.
Mimi (Mi Chau originally from Saigon) starts to get Postcards from Nam in Thailand in 1988.
Mimi at first cannot remember Nam - then memories slowly start to surface and flood back - memories that have been suppressed for many years and it takes her a decade to find out what became of Nam and looks at the tragic events in their lives from the end of the war in Vietnam.
The Novella leaves you wanting to know so much more and yet it does convey very much in its short format.
This book leaves you wanting to learn more about the history of Vietnam. The author has written 2 other books both recently published in March 2011: Daughters of the River Huang & Mimi and her Mirror. I think this is the same Mimi and if so would like to read this book.
transported to the United States after the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite what I thought it was going to be like. However, a reasonable read all the samePublished 23 months ago by Mrs M I Rennison
It was quite an unusual book which I did not really connect with. A good idea but somehow wasn't quite pulled off.Published on 15 July 2014 by jane grace
I really liked this book although different to my usual genre. Well written and interesting look at a piece of modern history.Published on 6 Jun. 2014 by Baroness Orczy
I enjoyed the first half, but the novella lost coherence and momentum towards the end, which is a great shame.Published on 26 Nov. 2013 by Chris Luck
This was a very good book. Wish i had read the book before she left Saigon. Found it was very thought provoking and gave an insight into the world of the people of Vietnam.Published on 18 Oct. 2013 by jeff
GIVES YOU AN OPENING TO THE VIETNAM WAR THEN LEAVES YOU NOT KNOWING MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING. nOT ENOUGH SUBSTANCE.REGARDING CHARACTORS.Published on 18 Sept. 2013 by pammy oakeseccles
I believe the story is so strong it could withstand a very simple telling. We are, instead, steered down paths it would have been better to have come across on our own.Published on 16 Sept. 2013 by Paul Christopher
I enjoyed the theme of this book although rather depressing. However I didn't want it to end where it did. I wanted it to continue and find out more about the characters.Published on 14 Sept. 2013 by CPen17
This was refreshingly different, intriguing and engaging. Strange thing is though, I cannot remember the ending...I wonder why? Will have to go back and look!Published on 12 Sept. 2013 by Judi
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