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'The Sorrow of War' - quite simply, a masterpiece,
This review is from: The Sorrow Of War (Mass Market Paperback)
When someone eventually finds the money to make the film, I hope I'm still around to be involved.
But to the book itself: simply a masterpiece. Could you imagine an American book about the Vietnam war that did not conform to the Hollywood simplistic version of good v evil? And the whole world thinks the same way, doesn't it? Well, no, not really. This novel about the American War (as opposed to the French War, which preceded it) is NOT anti-American... which allows for a completely different approach from what you would expect with a novel written by any Western author since Graham Greene.
Read this wonderful book, try to understand the characters... and their positions in the whirlpool of 1960s & 70s S.E. Asia.....
..and understand even more clearly where Bush Baby and Tony B.Liar went wrong as they charged off blindly on their anti-anti-capitalist chargers.
I had the doubtful pleasure of meeting the 'good guys' in Saigon in the late 60s and the real pleasure of working in Hà Nöi in 2005: the 'wind of change' was not something that blew from the West. Read the book. Fund the film. Visit the country. Learn the lessons. Feel the difference.