ISBN-10:
0312169892
ISBN-13:
9780312169893
Pub. Date:
09/15/1997
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
River of Time: A Memoir of Vietnam / Edition 1

River of Time: A Memoir of Vietnam / Edition 1

by Jon Swain

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Overview

The unforgettable memoir from the writer immortalized in the Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields.

"[A] splendid memoir...a tale, at once tragic and beautiful, of love and loss, of coming of age and of witnessing the end of Indochina as the West had known it for more than a century."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The English have always seemed peculiarly prone to living adventurous lives, and here's Jon Swain to prove it. Raised in India, Swain joined the French Foreign Legion at 17 and was a foreign correspondent for Agence France-Presse by his early twenties. His first assignment in 1970: Indochina. Swain spent five years there, had a long love affair with the woman commonly thought to be the most beautiful in Saigon, was fired upon numerous times, was working in Phnom Penh when it fell to the Khmer Rouge, had a pistol held to his head by a pissed-off teenage guerrilla, and lived to write River of Time, as thrilling--and disturbing--a memoir as I've read in years."--Men's Journal

"Swain's book pulses with life and death...beautifully written."--Providence Sunday Journal

"Arresting...the author details his unusual experiences in compelling and dramatic terms."--Publishers Weekly

"Swain includes an account of his personal brush with death, after he and the American journalist Sydney Schanberg and the latter's Cambodian assistant, Dith Pran, were detained by guerrillas and threatened with execution...an accomplished memoir." --Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312169893
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/15/1997
Edition description: REV
Pages: 281
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi(2)
Chronology xiii
Lands of the Living Past
1(10)
War in the Rice Fields
11(38)
Jacqueline
49(38)
River Ambush
87(14)
Desertion
101(18)
The Fall of Phnom Penh
119(52)
Hanoi
171(24)
The Eyes of Vietnam
195(16)
Kidnapped
211(30)
After the Khmer Rouge
241(22)
Adieu I'Indochine
263(10)
Epilogue 273

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