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Titel: Romancing Vietnam Inside the Boat Countr
Verlag: Penguin Putnam, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine
Auflage: First Edition.
0670832286 Near Fine Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000596
Inhaltsangabe: Our perceptions of Vietnam are heavily determined by American cinema. Films like "Platoon" and "Apocalypse Now" perpetuate a stereotyped image of the country as a place of war, as an assault course for the American psyche. But what is Vietnam really like? 15 years after the fall of Saigon, Justin Wintle went there to find out. Wintle's journey turned into a double combat: state propaganda had to be resisted as firmly as Western misconceptions - and the authorities were determined Wintle should not leave without appreciating their view of history. He met a plethora of old revolutionaries, including General Diap and Le Duc Tho. He went down the tunnels at Cu Chi, and he visited My Lai. He also visited Binh Hoa, the site of another, unreported massacre. In Saigon, in the "little room of atrocities", he was shown deformed foetuses, the latest victims of US chemical warfare. For a while he was seduced; squatting in a high mountain, Wintle imagined what it must have been like to be a Viet Cong guerilla. His minders became his brothers, their innumerable hangers-on (most memorably at one stage of the journey, the five aunts of one of his drivers) his family. But like all romances, this one is also fraught with disappointment. The Confucian-Leninist regime is shown to be an outmoded ideology that holds back a brave and enterprising people. Drifting between sadness and horror, lyricism and humour, Wintle's journal aims to strip away the myths of Vietnam, and set the country before us in a totally new light.
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