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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain : the Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam (04 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780312314316
ISBN10: 0312314310
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Set during the French and American wars in South Vietnam, Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is the true story of an orphan, Quang Van Nguyen, adopted by a sixty-four-year-old monk, Thau, who carries great responsibility for his people as a barefoot doctor. Thau manages against all odds to raise his son to follow in his footsteps and in doing so saves him, as well as a part of Vietnams esoteric knowledge from the Vietnam holocaust. Thau is wanted by the French regime and occasionally must flee in to the jungle, where he is perfectly at home living among the animals. As wise and resourceful as Thau is, he meets his match in his mischievous son. Quang is more interested in learning Cambodian sorcery and martial arts than in developing his skills and wisdom according to his fathers plan. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is an odyssey of a single-father folk hero and his foundling son in a land ravaged by the atrocities of war. It is a classic story complete with humor, tragedy, and insight, from a country where ghosts and magic are real.
Quang Van Nguyen is the son of one of South Vietnam's most beloved spiritual leaders, Thau Van Nguyen. Quang became a Buddhist abbot before fleeing Vietnam in 1986. He now lives and practices traditional medicine in the United States.

Marjorie Pivar has worked for the past twenty years as a Shiatsu therapist in the field of alternative medicine. She lives in Vermont.

Set during the French and American wars, Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is a true story about an orphan, Quang Van Nguyen, who is adopted by a sixty-four year old monk, Thau, who carries great responsibility for his people as a barefoot doctor. Thau manages, against all odds to raise his son to follow in his footsteps and in doing so, saves his son, as well as a part of Vietnam's esoteric knowledge from the Vietnam holocaust.

Thau is wanted by the French regime, and occasionally must flee into the jungle, where he is perfectly at home living among the animals. Thau is not the average monk; he practices an ancient lineage of Chinese medicine and uses magic to protect animals and help people.

As wise and resourceful as Thau is, he meets his match in his mischievous son. Quang is more interested in learning Cambodian sorcery and martial arts than in developing his skills and wisdom according to his father's plan.

Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is an odyssey of a single-father folk hero and his foundling son in a land ravaged by the atrocities of war. It is a classic story, complete with humor, tragedy, and insight from a country where ghosts and magic are real.

"A pleasure to read, the book brings back a culture now distant in time, as well as space, with both specificity and sensuality. Vietnamese American readers may be particularly moved and enriched by the book's evocation of their historical and cultural legacy. The accessible style makes the book appropriate for undergraduate as well as graduate courses. It would fit naturally in courses on indigenous religions and on religion and healing. In Buddhist studies, it would be valuable in courses on Buddhism in practice as well as, of course, Buddhism and healing. Additionally, I can imagine excerpting chapters as bracing additions and antidotes to the usual fare in Buddhist survey courses."—Franz Metcalf, Journal of Global Buddhism
"A magical book, literally and figuratively, the autobiography of a 'monk' in the tradition of Buu Son Ky Huong, a millenarian folk-Buddhist-Daoist tradition from Southwest Vietnam. Spanning decades of what we in America call the 'Vietnam War,' the memoir tells a rich, first-person tale of a vanishing lifeway in a vanishing culture . . . A pleasure to read, the book brings back a culture now distant in time, as well as space, with both specificity and sensuality. Vietnamese American readers may be particularly moved and enriched by the book's evocation of their historical and cultural legacy. The accessible style makes the book appropriate for undergraduate as well as graduate courses. It would fit naturally in courses on indigenous religions and on religion and healing. In Buddhist studies, it would be valuable in courses on Buddhism in practice as well as, of course, Buddhism and healing. Additionally, I can imagine excerpting chapters as bracing additions and antidotes to the usual fare in Buddhist survey courses."—Franz Metcalf, Journal of Global Buddhism
 
"An amazing, wonderful, and absolutely unique contribution to our knowledge of modern Vietnamese culture."—Keith W. Taylor, Chair, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University
 
"This is a magical, mesmerizing story; a complicated tale of Vietnams anguished history, of healing and faith, and of a young boys miraculous coming of age."—Ken Burns, Director of Jazz and The Civil War
 
"It is important for every student and graduate of acupuncture schools everywhere to understand the true meaning and traditional genesis of this medicine as they might have learned it as an apprentice . . . This is a necessary journey each of us can take thanks to Dr. Van Nguyen and Margie Pivar in Fourth Uncle in the Mountain."—Leon Hammer, MD, renowned doctor of Oriental Medicine, President of Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine
 
"A great interpreter—that is, an intelligent and generous one—is rare. Just as rare as understanding between our distant worlds . . . Fourth Uncle reads in the direct and confident phrasing and tone true to a "barefoot doctor." That is to say, there is no National-Geographic-like emotional distancing ("these noble, if quaint, peoples believe that"). There are no well-meaning interpreter's estimates of what hip American readers are likely to understand. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is a great story about two simply good men. It is told simply, but simplicity should never be mistaken for a lack of emotional complexity, intellectual refinement, or overwhelming humanity."—The Asian Reporter
 
"[A] charming book . . . the volume contains a wealth of information about Vietnamese history and culture . . . an adventure book strung through with passages on selflessness and mindfulness, this volume is an excellent choice for readers interested in Vietnam and Buddhism."—Publishers Weekly

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This memoir, a reprint from 2004, is a recounting of Nguyen's story as an orphan and how he was adopted by a monk in Vietnam. It recounts how they dealt with the Vietnam holocaust, fleeing into the jungle, and how his father raised him in the tradition of ancient medicine. There is no index. Nguyen practices traditional medicine in the US. Pivar is a Shiatsu therapist in the field of alternative medicine and was inspired by Nguyen's story after he saved her son's life. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Set during the French and American wars in South Vietnam, Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is the true story of an orphan, Quang Van Nguyen, adopted by a sixty-four-year-old monk, Thau, who carries great responsibility for his people as a barefoot doctor. Thau manages against all odds to raise his son to follow in his footsteps and in doing so saves him, as well as a part of Vietnam's esoteric knowledge from the Vietnam holocaust. Thau is wanted by the French regime and occasionally must flee in to the jungle, where he is perfectly at home living among the animals. As wise and resourceful as Thau is, he meets his match in his mischievous son. Quang is more interested in learning Cambodian sorcery and martial arts than in developing his skills and wisdom according to his father's plan. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is an odyssey of a single-father folk hero and his foundling son in a land ravaged by the atrocities of war. It is a classic story complete with humor, tragedy, and insight, from a country where ghosts and magic are real.

About the Author

Quang Van Nguyen is the son of one of South Vietnam's most beloved spiritual masters, Thau Van Nguyen.  Quang became a Buddhist abbot before fleeing Vietnam in 1987.  He now lives in the United States.

 

Marjorie Pivar has worked for the past twenty years as a Shiatsu therapist in the field of alternative medicine.  She lives in Vermont.

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Elizabeth Grimsrud, November 14, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth Grimsrud)
I was fascinated to read the true story of Nguyen's life. He grew up in rural Vietnam, immersed in a world of spirits, healing plants, and political unrest. His visit to the Fourth Uncle in the mountain reminded me a bit of Castaneda's sessions with Don Juan.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312314316
Author:
Van Nguyen, Quang
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Pivar, Marjorie
Author:
Nguyen, Quang Van
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Vietnam Social life and customs.
Subject:
Nguyen, Quang Van
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Buddhism/General (see also PHILOSOPHY/Buddhist)
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page bandw photo section
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.12 x 0.95 in

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Set during the French and American wars in South Vietnam, Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is the true story of an orphan, Quang Van Nguyen, adopted by a sixty-four-year-old monk, Thau, who carries great responsibility for his people as a barefoot doctor. Thau manages against all odds to raise his son to follow in his footsteps and in doing so saves him, as well as a part of Vietnam's esoteric knowledge from the Vietnam holocaust. Thau is wanted by the French regime and occasionally must flee in to the jungle, where he is perfectly at home living among the animals. As wise and resourceful as Thau is, he meets his match in his mischievous son. Quang is more interested in learning Cambodian sorcery and martial arts than in developing his skills and wisdom according to his father's plan. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is an odyssey of a single-father folk hero and his foundling son in a land ravaged by the atrocities of war. It is a classic story complete with humor, tragedy, and insight, from a country where ghosts and magic are real.
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