The Alphabet of Vietnam

  • Title: The Alphabet of Vietnam
  • Author: Jonathan Chamberlain
  • ISBN: 9789881900289
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Alphabet of Vietnam There is a darkness in men s hearts that war sets free When their war is over they bring that darkness back home with them It s a short trail from the jungles of Vietnam to the forests of the Appalac
    There is a darkness in men s hearts that war sets free When their war is over, they bring that darkness back home with them It s a short trail from the jungles of Vietnam to the forests of the Appalachian Mountains A complex tale involves a journey back to Vietnam and into the dark past a past where Clausewitz, the philosopher of war, meets de Sade, the philosopher ofThere is a darkness in men s hearts that war sets free When their war is over, they bring that darkness back home with them It s a short trail from the jungles of Vietnam to the forests of the Appalachian Mountains A complex tale involves a journey back to Vietnam and into the dark past a past where Clausewitz, the philosopher of war, meets de Sade, the philosopher of man s own individual evil.

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    About Jonathan Chamberlain


    1. I am a writer who has been hijacked by life When my daughter, Stevie, exploded into my life with all the problems she had to cope with I ended up founding two charities for children with developmental disabilities and wrote a memoir of this time in my book Wordjazz for Stevie then when my wife was diagnosed with cancer I had a new battle on my hands and this led to a series of cancer books starting with Fighting Cancer A Survival Guide 1996 to the latest book The Cancer Survivor s Bible 2012 see my website fightingcancer and cancer blog cancerfighter.wordpress I am now seeking to get back to my writing career and in recent years have published the rather controversial novel, The Alphabet of Vietnam, and my comic take on the London 2012 Olympics Dreams of Gold I have also started a blog In Praise of Older Books 2ndhandbooklover.wordpress


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    1. The story of two brothers, Jack and Joe. Jack is an ordinary teacher with an ordinary life, whereas Joe is a perturbed ex-soldier who went wild in Vietnam and who became a vicious man with a tormented soul until he couldn't take it anymore and committed suicide.In a last attempt to save his sense of honour, Joe writes to his brother, telling him about a girl who is kept in a cabin in the middle of nowhere by his war buddy, Wash, a cold blooded murderer. He asks Jack to go and rescue her, enclosi [...]

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    2. This is a book about the darkness in all of us and how a war taps the roots of violence and power in some people in such a way that they are drawn ever more deeply into the abyss. I am familiar with this space, I have skirted its edges and felt its pull in my own life; I have seen some who could not escape its attractions for it is as addictive as the most powerful of drugs. I have nearly lost my own struggle several times over the decades and returned to the silken embrace of its dark hands.The [...]

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    3. Having read two of Jonathan Chamberlain's memoirs - 'King Hui' about a Hong Kong playboy and 'Wordjazz for Stevie', a touching tribute to Jonathan's late daughter who was born profoundly handicapped - I was really looking forward to reading 'The Alphabet of Vietnam' and seeing how Jonathan turns his hand to fiction. I was more than impressed. It is an exceptional piece of writing, well researched, one that explores the light and dark in every 'man's' soul in a refreshingly unapologetic manner.Th [...]

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    4. I could not put down this book! The author uses a good combination of long and short sentences, creating a staccato-legato rhythm. The story is riveting. Anyone who is interested in Vietnam, American veterans of the Vietnam war, and good old fashioned fiction will find this novel very appealing. The author, Jonathan Chamberlain, is an astute observer and highly crafted literary artist. Very exciting book! While critics have compared Mr. Jonathan Chamberlain to Graham Greene, I would add my own c [...]

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    5. This will one day be considered one of the definitive books on Vietnam, and indeed on the consequences of war. When men come back from war they bring the war back with them. Also contains original translations of a feminist, and often erotic, Vietnamese poet (Ho Xuan Hu'ong) who lived 200 years ago. One reviewer said of it: "extraordinary page turner, intricately plotted's up there with the best."

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    6. In this oddly thought out book, Jonathan Chamberlain tells us many stories. There are brothers Joe and Jack; Joe’s friend Wash; several women who die sadly; a Vietnamese poetess named Ho Xoan Houng who wrote beautiful poems for us; Maddie, Benjy and Alice.Joe dies purposefully. He did it himself. Dove under a train. It usually works well and did this time, too. Jack is delivered a set of notes that completely changes his hum-drum existence. “Go find Maddie and my baby and get them away from [...]

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    7. The Alphabet of Vietnam by Jonathan Chamberlain is a difficult book for me to review. It definitely stirred mixed feelings in me. It is by turns philosophical and brutally violent. The tale is complex and is presented in a series of "snapshots" that sometimes make it difficult to piece together the time frame, but all-in-all it is a very interesting story and well worth reading.

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    8. Vietnamese poetry, and the interesting literary techniques utilizing there of.Repetitive. Disturbing. Unnecessarily disturbing? Hard to follow. Jarring. Get it, get that the Vietnam War was a nightmare that reverberates. An American in Vietnam cannot ignore that. Some powerful writing on the subject.But somehow misses the mark at times, to be honest. The modern plot, the journals with their constant and extreme violence. What does it all mean, what does it all add? Again and again. Worth a read. [...]

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    9. Extremely disturbing but can't stop reading it!

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