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One of the Ten Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Book World

One of the Los Angeles Times Favorite Books of the Year

One of the Top Ten National Books of 2008, Portland Oregonian

A 2009 Honor Book of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association

“Few books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the ­foreign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective. . . . Now we can add Andrew Phams Eaves of Heaven to this list of indispensable books.”

—New York Times Book Review

“Searing . . . vivid-and harrowing . . . Here is war and life through the eyes of a Vietnamese everyman.”

—Seattle Times

Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Phams family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. Pham offers a rare portal into a lost world as he chronicles Thong Van Phams heartbreaks, triumphs, and bizarre reversals of fortune, whether as a South Vietnamese soldier pinned down by enemy fire, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese under brutal interrogation, or a refugee desperately trying to escape Vietnam after the last American helicopter has abandoned Saigon. This is the story of a man caught in the maelstrom of twentieth-century politics, a gripping memoir told with the urgency of a wartime dispatch by a writer of surpassing talent.

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Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham’s family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. This is the story of a man caught in the maelstrom of 20th-century politics, a gripping memoir told with the urgency of a wartime dispatch by a writer of surpassing talent.

"Few books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the foreign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective...Now we can add Andrew Pham's Eaves of Heaven to this list of indispensable books." —New York Times Book Review

"A work of radiance...In some ways, it resembles that supreme recollection of a world lost to history's depredations, Speak, Memory…Vividly told." —Los Angeles Times

About the Author

ANDREW X. PHAM is the award-winning author of the memoir Catfish and Mandala and the translator of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram.

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Wendy in Port Townsend, January 27, 2012 (view all comments by Wendy in Port Townsend)
This is an incredible story of survival, loyalty, and betrayal over decades in Vietnam. Andrew X. Pham tells the life of his father, a brilliant and gentle teacher who is caught up in the series of wars/resistance against the Japanese, the French, and the Americans, as well as the country's internal massacres. Thong Van Pham's political naiveté and bad luck bring about a shocking series of terrors that helped me make sense of the 20th Century in Vietnam. I enjoyed reading about Thong's almost idyllic childhood growing up wealthy in the countryside, his description of the towns and cities where he lived in Vietnam, and how his family and the whole country changed over time. I would have adjusted the structure of this book. Although I often enjoy non-linear stories, in this case I was confused by the order of the chapters, which relate events going back and forth in time. Having a timeline of Vietnamese history beside me would have helped, as well as a map of Vietnam.
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ISBN:
9780307381217
Author:
Pham, Andrew X
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Author:
Pham, Andrew X.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Refugees -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.55 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham’s family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. This is the story of a man caught in the maelstrom of 20th-century politics, a gripping memoir told with the urgency of a wartime dispatch by a writer of surpassing talent.

"Few books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the foreign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective...Now we can add Andrew Pham's Eaves of Heaven to this list of indispensable books." —New York Times Book Review

"A work of radiance...In some ways, it resembles that supreme recollection of a world lost to history's depredations, Speak, Memory…Vividly told." —Los Angeles Times

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