Paradise Of The Blind: A Novel by Thu Huong DuongParadise Of The Blind: A Novel by Thu Huong Duong

Paradise Of The Blind: A Novel

byThu Huong Duong, Nina McPherson

Paperback | August 20, 2002

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Paradise of the Blind is an exquisite portrait of three Vietnamese women struggling to survive in a society where subservience to men is expected and Communist corruption crushes every dream. Through the eyes of Hang, a young woman in her twenties who has grown up amidst the slums and intermittent beauty of Hanoi, we come to know the tragedy of her family as land reform rips apart their village. When her uncle Chinh‘s political loyalties replace family devotion, Hang is torn between her mother‘s appalling self–sacrifice and the bitterness of her aunt who can avenge but not forgive. Only by freeing herself from the past will Hang be able to find dignity –– and a future.

Duong Thu Huong is one of Vietnam's most popular writers. She was born in 1947, and at twenty volunteered to lead a Communist Youth Brigade sent to the front during the Vietnam War. During Chinas's 1979 attack on Vietnam, she also became the first woman combatant present on the front lines to chronicle the conflict. A vocal advocate of...
Title:Paradise Of The Blind: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:August 20, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060505591

ISBN - 13:9780060505592

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Politics tastefully integrated into a story The author’s method of revealing the suppression of people under communism as well as gender equality in Vietnam is tastefully integrated into a story of a young export worker named Hang. The story is told from Hang’s perspective while she travels on a train to Moscow where a series of flashbacks tells her story. My one criticism is that although Duong develops a solid storyline in the beginning, I feel there needs to be a higher climax in the book (ex. Hang’s relationship with her Uncle Chinh). Overall, a short yet emotional read.
Date published: 2018-02-02

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“Astonishingly powerful...a simple but beautifully told story of a civil war within a family.”(Los Angeles Times Book Review)