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Posted March 10, 2012
A masterful work
Kien survived unbelievable hardships, unbelievable unless you know something of Vietnam and her history, in order to grace us with his creativity and humanity. His first book, Unwanted, had to have been one of the most difficult of writing projects. This one, however, was a project of pure unadulterated love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
He introduces us to his beloved grandfather and describes an almost improbable life lived on the edge of disaster almost from birth. Kien's depictions of the imperial court in Hue and descriptions of landmarks in the Citadel were like a homecoming to me. After the battle there in February, 1968, I was able to return and wander the New City (severely damaged) streets, see the hole in the Catholic cathedral caused by a rocket that passed through but didn't blow up, much to my relief since I was in the sanctuary with some comrades and citizens of Hue.
The vividness Kien used to illustrate the characters all the way from his 'wife' Ven, to his nemisis, Toan, to the new emperor, to his life long love Mai, made it feel like I was actually there with him.
In a way I was, having served near the village where his grandfather came from.
This is a wonderful book and it serves, I hope, as a bridge he will use to give us more of the history of that wonderful country and its people.
Posted February 22, 2010
i dont know the last time i read a book so fast
i was bored & wanted something 2 read. out of all the books i have i chose the tapestries and loved it. the book was everything good i can think of. the main character dan nguyen (mouse)goes thru alot thru out the book. he starts of as one of royalty who marries at a very young age and then loses his family in a cruel way. after that event he later becomes a servant/playmate to tai may,a girl whose family is of a high status & who he later develops deep feelin for. after leaving her (u gotta read why) he then goes thru so much in his life. he doesnt give up and thats what i like best bout him (other than the event in which he & tai met up at a celebration). the tapestries (for me) was hard to put down (i dont know rhe last time i read a book in such a short time --- 1 1/2 days). its really worth the read. once u start u will find out why i couldnt put it down. as for the ending .....u are gonna love it!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2009
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Great adventure story
I can't believe this is suppose to be based on true life stories from the author's grandfather. This book has everything, murder, adventure, revenge, and love. Definitely a great book to read and intriguing. This book could be made into a movie and would do well. Wonderful story. I've read The Unwanted by Kien Nguyn and I hope to read more from him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2009
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An adventure through one boys complicated life from 7 years old to late in his adult life. The author is great with descriptions, creating vivid locations and developing the main characters with thought and care. The evil men in the book are so evil; I couldn't even cheer or be relieved in their demise. The happiness Mouse finally finds is hard earned and cherished all the more. It was nice to see Asian female characters which did more than let the men around them rule their lives. Out of the three main female characters, each was strong, intelligent and self-less in their own ways. Mouse has to make some tough decisions, and he doesn't always make the right one first. It was good to see a hero who suffered from normal doubts and logic puzzles. Overall a very delightful book, would recommend to anyone who likes historical books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2009
Just a wonderful book - rich in story and characters - it's truly unforgettable. I would even reread this book and hope to find more great stories from this author. A true talent and rare find in the myriad of authors and books on the market. I feel truly lucky to have purchased this remarkable story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2005
i love this book.... it has romance, suspense, revenge, tragedy, mystery, all in one... mayb more though... but this book is easy to read and understand... i wouldnt even put the book down to go back to sleep because i was so interested in this book... must readd...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2014
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