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  • Posted September 16, 2012

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    This novel is too much for me to summarize- I'll leave that to t

    This novel is too much for me to summarize- I'll leave that to the folks above. For me, there is no choice but to give it novel five stars. I really liked it and admired the work that went into The Headmaster's Wager. I often wanted to tell the main character TO STOP! what he was doing, but the fact is that his behavior had a reality to it that could not be denied. I realize that the author gets to decide, in most case, which of his characters lives or dies, and I can't say that I always liked his choices. But the novel is so rich, so colorful so genuinely historic, so full of emotion and spirit, that it is a winner, one to be recommended to all. You never knew Saigon before you read The Headmaster's Wager. Well, unless you served there during the war, then you might well know a lot!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Excellent

    This is a very good book. The story is fascinating (the plot is well outlined elsewhere), and as it unfolds the book is difficult to put down. The setting, Vietnam from the 1930's through the 70's, brings back memories of the war for us aging baby boomers who grew up in the 60's and 70's. And it is a terrific look at the 20th century history of Indochina as well as a glimpse into the culture of the Chinese community in and near Saigon (which most of us know nothing about). There's some violence (how could there not be during these tumultuous years) and some sex, but Lam's fine writing never descends into vulgarity. I highly recommend this book to all but the youngest readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Any extraordinary book. It manages to bring the Vietnam War era

    Any extraordinary book. It manages to bring the Vietnam War era to life through the eyes of a long term Chinese immigrant to Vietnam. The focus is really on the impact the American involvement had on the local population and most importantly how they fared as America reduced its commitment. A very humane and in many ways tragic story, it was hard to put down. Having been to Saigon or as it's now called Ho Chi Min city recently, it answered many questions. I could not recommend it highly enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    This book is wonderfully written! And vividly detailed. Once s

    This book is wonderfully written! And vividly detailed. Once started you will not want to put it down! For all you historical novel readers, this is a must! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I hope Vincent Lam continues to write novels such as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    This book is a mind blower! The characters are complex, the sto

    This book is a mind blower! The characters are complex, the story full of history good and bad. It's a disturbing story but I really loved this book, please read it!

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