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The Mountains Sing por Que Mai Phan Nguyen
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The Mountains Sing (edición 2021)

por Que Mai Phan Nguyen (Autor)

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"The multigenerational tale of the Tr?n family, set against the backdrop of the Vi?t Nam War. Tr?n Di?u Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in H N?i, her young granddaughter, H??ng, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the H? Ch Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that will tear not just her beloved country but her family apart"--… (más)
Miembro:BettyTaylor56
Título:The Mountains Sing
Autores:Que Mai Phan Nguyen (Autor)
Info:Algonquin Books (2021), 368 pages
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Valoración:*****
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The Mountains Sing is a remarkable debut about the Tran family and generations of loss from the Viet Nam War. Shifting between present day with granddaughter Hà Noi and her grandmother Tran Dieu Lan fleeing her family farm years before, this story was heartbreaking and a force of nature in what the Viet Nam war did, and continues to do, to families, towns and soldiers.

I couldn’t put this book down for a second. Historical fiction novels always end up being some of my favorites and this one just joined the club. It had everything a great HF has: heartbreak, love, trauma, and survival. It also has a lot of traditional sayings translated, which I loved. I could feel the grandmothers comfort through the page. It’s so good that I finished it two weeks ago and I’m still thinking about the family’s graceful endurance waiting for loved ones to return regardless of what side of they supported.

Absolutely stunning. Very excited about Nguyên Phan Qué Mai’s career! Thank you to @algonquinbooks!! ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
It seems almost sacrilegious to say this is a beautifully written book while the content is about two violent periods of Vietnam’s history. Even though surrounded by violence, respectfulness and gentleness could still be found among the people of Vietnam. This is a story of human endurance, family, loyalty, hope, and the strength of the women.

“If our stories survive, we will not die, even when our bodies are no longer here on earth.” Thus, this story follows two timelines, one of Tran Dieu Lan as a young woman during the time of the Land Reform movement of the mid-twentieth century, and the other is told from the perspective of Guava, Tran Dieu Lan’s granddaughter after the Vietnamese War that involved the US soldiers.

While I was mostly untouched by the Vietnam war, many around me were not. While I am aware of the trauma the returning American soldiers suffered, I never really thought about the Vietnamese soldiers. It was interesting reading about the division of North and South Vietnam and the impact it had on the people there. The timeline involving the Land Reform reminded me of the book “In the Shadow of the Banyan” which I enjoyed immensely.

The author’s short essay at the end of the book was very informational. I am so impressed that she wrote this book while learning the English language! ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Apr 26, 2021 |
Thank you to Algonquin for providing me with a copy of this novel for review purposes.




The Mountains Sing



We often say don’t judge a book by its cover, but for The Mountains Sing, that’s exactly what you should do! Because this story is as vivid & beautiful as the jacket.







Harrowing accounts of suffering and survival during and post war time, from a non american perspective.



Review:



Before we start I have to talk about how Quế Mai is an established and award-winning writer and poet in Vietnam, which certainly explains the lyrical beauty of this novel. What is incredible, however, is that not only is this novel her debut, but it is also her first work in English and has made her become the first Vietnamese citizen whose novel in English is published to international acclaim.



History will write itself in people’s memories, and as long as those memories live on, we can have faith that we can do better.~ The Mountains Sing



The Mountains Sing follows four generations of the Tran family, beginning during Communist Land Reform in the 1950s and extending to the aftermath of the American bombing of Ha Noi in the 1970s.







Quế Mai masterfully weaved harrowing tales of suffering and survival, with vibrant, lyrical deptictions of a beautiful country and people.



I felt as though I was transported to another country and time, and given a raw account of the generational trauma following decades of conflict.



The POV alternates between Tran Dieu Lan, and her granddaughter Huong. Throughout the tale of devastation and horror, is a tale of hope and the bond of family.



A big selling point for me also is that Quế Mai spent extensive time with veterans, and was able to tell the tales of the Vietnam War from a non-American perspective. I am quite tired, personally, of the American historical POV, and the whitewashing and romanticizing of these times is always biased. So, I was incredibly taken in with this narrative.



This was absorbing & touching, & everything I could have hoped for when I read the synopsis!⠀












I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on The Mountains Sing. Have you read this? Tell me what you thought!   
Feel free to comment below or on my 'bookstagram' at @ReadWithWine .



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  readwithwine | Jan 18, 2021 |
A saga of a Vietnamese family's journey through the middle of the 20th century, through war and political upheaval. Harrowing, horrific, heroic, heart-wrenching. There is a huge swath of history here that I don't know nearly enough about. This will make a grand film one day. ( )
  RandyRasa | Jan 7, 2021 |
Alternating time periods, mostly from years in which the Communists took hold of the Northern part of Vietnam and the end of the Vietnam War, this story follows the story of three generations of women during a turbulent time in the country's history. The atrocities they witnessed reveal the upheavals and loss caused by both communism and the war. Although I remember a lot about the war from my childhood days watching Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and John Chancellor--and perhaps occasionally Walter Cronkite, I knew little about the war other than its unpopularity. In the books early chapters as I read about the B-52s destroying so much in the area, including the home in which the grandmother and granddaughter lived, my mind went to my brother's service on an air base in Thailand that sent many of those B-52s out on a mission. Although his service was prior to the date given in that book and his work was confined to the base, it still gave me pause. I shed a few tears. Some time periods pre-date and post-date the novel's main time frame. Although the author's native tongue is not English, she does a remarkable job telling the story. Many sentences bear the tell-tale signs of this through their simplistic construction; however, one overlooks this because of the story told. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 25, 2020 |
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"The multigenerational tale of the Tr?n family, set against the backdrop of the Vi?t Nam War. Tr?n Di?u Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in H N?i, her young granddaughter, H??ng, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the H? Ch Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that will tear not just her beloved country but her family apart"--

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