The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars

The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars

by Andrew X. Pham

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ISBN-13: 9780307381217
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 176,544
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ANDREW X. PHAM is the award-winning author of the memoir Catfish and Mandala and the translator of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram.

Table of Contents


Author's Note     xiii
Prologue: Ancestors     1
Leaving Home     5
Father     14
Phan Thiet     19
Mother     28
Dalat Days     32
The Mid-Autumn Festival     41
Sea Grubs     49
Saigon Night     51
Cricket Fight     57
The Recruiter     64
Hoi and I     71
The Draft     80
The Orphan     91
Famine     97
The Famine Soup     99
The Flood     105
The Ambush     107
The Last Magistrate     120
The Democratic Republic of Vietnam     124
The Trap     129
The Algerian     144
The Resistance Fighter     154
The Tet Offensive     164
The Executioner     172
Old Friends     184
The Champagne Bottle     200
The Slave     210
A Lull of Silence     213
Crossing the French Line     220
The Fall of Saigon     226
The Widower     241
The Capture     251
The PeasantGirl     267
Reeducation     276
Farewell, Hanoi     284
The Release     294
Bibliography     299
Acknowledgments     301

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Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Norbriq_S More than 1 year ago
This book is something of a memoir written from the perspective of his father through the son's pen. This heart-rending story catalogues the trials, the horrors, and the injustices suffered by the average Vietnamese citizen at the hands of their political elite--on both sides Communists and Nationalists---and also provides insight into traditional family time---complete with "grasshopper" hunting and cricket fights among the children. Mr. Pham's description of "the Elder's" moral and physical courage in the face of friends joining one movement or another or physical danger is illustrative of a courageous and dedicated spirit. Read the book in two sittings---and was truly impressed with both the style and content. Reading "I Love Yous are for White People" by Lac Su next. It's the same Vietnamese American immigrant genre.
harstan More than 1 year ago
From 1940 to1976, Viet Nam was in a constant state of war that impacted the people. Andrew X. Pham provides the biography of his father Thong Van Pham, who lived through the three plus decades of war starting with the Japanese invasion of the French occupied region during WW II through the fight for independent from the French and finally the war over the South against the United States. As a child Thong lived an upper crust life being born to a wealthy family. Over the years of war, famine and abuse, the family fortune vanished and consequently the life style. This is a fascinating biography that also serves as a deep look at the history of Viet Nam. The author rotates his father¿s life with recent events that brings a harrowing feel as the reader gains a sense of the outcome resulting from the years of turbulence. Well written, readers will marvel at Mr. Pham¿s capture of the impact of power struggles on everyday people.------- Harriet Klausner
tangledthread on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Andrew Pham writes for his father, in first person narrative, of his life from childhood to middle adulthood. This time also coincides with the WWII Japanese invasion of Vietnam, the war for independence from France, and the war with the US. The author is a true wordsmith. The writing is lyrical, sensual, and flows beautifully with descriptions of the natural world, the people, and their relationships.The chapters alternate between his father's childhood and young adulthood. I found this difficult to follow at times because the story changed both time and place when going from chapter to chapter.That is my only criticism of this beautifully written memoir.
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