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When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Woman's Journey from War to Peace Hardcover – 8 Feb 1991
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One of the most important books of Vietnamese American and Vietnam War literature. . . . Moving, powerful. Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer
Should not be missed by anyone. . . . No one who reads it will ever be able to think about the Vietnam War in quite the same way again. The Washington Post
A wonderful, wondrous book by a remarkable woman. Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement
Touching and illuminating . . . A searing and human account. The New York Times Book Review
Riveting and historic. . . . Engrossing and beautifully told. . . . Impossible to put down. San Francisco Chronicle
Poetic and dreamlike. . . . One of the most remarkable of all the books that have come out of the Vietnam War. People
Eloquently written. . . . Riveting. . . . A story of triumph. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Piercingly honest. . . . In her ability to love without erasing contradictions and ambiguities, Hayslip shows us what real forgiveness can be. Booklist
Compelling. . . . Reveals the soul and suffering of a people. Kirkus Reviews"
-One of the most important books of Vietnamese American and Vietnam War literature. . . . Moving, powerful.- --Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer
-Should not be missed by anyone. . . . No one who reads it will ever be able to think about the Vietnam War in quite the same way again.- --The Washington Post
-A wonderful, wondrous book by a remarkable woman.- --Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement
-Touching and illuminating . . . A searing and human account.- --The New York Times Book Review
-Riveting and historic. . . . Engrossing and beautifully told. . . . Impossible to put down.---San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most important books of Vietnamese American and Vietnam War literature. . . . Moving, powerful." --Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer
"Touching and illuminating . . . A searing and human account." --The New York Times Book Review "Riveting and historic. . . . Engrossing and beautifully told. . . . Impossible to put down."--San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Phung Le Ly Hayslip was born in Vietnam in 1950. She is the author of two memoirs--When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace--which were adapted into the film Heaven and Earth by Oliver Stone. Since 1986, she has helped rebuild her motherland through the two charitable organizations she established. Her efforts now focus exclusively on supporting the orphanages she founded in Vietnam.Jay Wurts, an Air Guard pilot during the Vietnam War, has written and edited a variety of books. www.lelyhayslip.wix.com/gratitude
www.jaywurts.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on 7 Nov. 2014 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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