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Saigon: An Epic Novel of Vietnam (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Grey
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An epic saga of twentieth-century Vietnam hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the War and Peace of our age”

Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin’s daughter he cannot forget.

Over five decades Joseph’s life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon’s most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans—and inevitably with Vietnam’s turbulent, wartorn fate. He is there when the hatred of a million coolies rises against the French, and when the French Foreign Legion fights its bloody last stand at Dien Bien Phu. He sees US military “advisors” fire their first shots in America’s hopeless war against the red tide of Communist revolution and tries to salvage something of lasting value on a desperate helicopter flight out of defeated Saigon.

At once a story of adventure, love, war, and political power, Saigon presents an enthralling and enlightening depiction of twentieth-century Vietnam.        


Vietnam's heady tropical landscape captivates fifteen-year-old Joseph Sherman on a hunting expedition to French colonial Saigon with his family in 1925. He is lured back again and again by his enduring fascination for the country and for Lan, a beautiful Vietnamese mandarin's daughter he could never forget. Over five haunting decades Joseph's life becomes deeply enmeshed with Vietnam's turbulent, war-torn fate - until he attempts to salvage something of lasting value during the final desperate helicopter scramble to flee defeated Saigon. This new 2008 edition of Anthony Grey's epic novel of the Vietnam War in a single volume is republished some 20 years after its first publication. During this period, as critics predicted, it has stood the text of time and is now providing a new generation of readers with insights into that historic conflict - and its tragic echoes in Iraq. It has since become a bestseller in 15 countries and in eight other languages.


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Ein wunderbares Buch, ein echter Klassiker, verbindet spannende Unterhaltung, eine historische Zeitreise und Landeskunde über Vietnam so gekonnt miteinander, dass man das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen mag. Beginnend mit der Kollonialherrschaft Frankreichs bis zum Abzug der US-Amerikaner entspinnt sich eine spannende Handlung, natürlich auch eine romantische Liebesgeschichte, alles sehr clever erzählt, es läuft gewissermaßen ein Film vor dem geistigen Auge ab.
Das Englisch dieses Buches ist "gekonnt" bzw. schreibt der Autor sehr eloquent, was mitunter ein etwas anspruchsvolleres Vokabular bedingt. Aber die paar Lücken im Text kann man einfach überlesen und dennoch das Buch genießen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A truly epic masterpiece! 5. November 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, I have to admit that I knew little to nothing about Vietnamese history before I started reading this book. I'd heard of the infamous Viet Cong and knew bits and pieces about the Vietnam war, but that's about it. Vietnam was never a country I found particularly interesting before. But since I'm always interested in books about South East Asia and recent world history, I decided to give this book a try anyway.
And I'm so glad I did! "Saigon" is a truly epic masterpiece the like of which you only very rarely encounter. Though I can't judge whether this is "the War and Peace of our age" since I've never read "War and Peace".

"Saigon" moved me deeply. I was at turns shocked, utterly horrified, incredibly furious, saddened to no end, but also completely and absolutely fascinated and intrigued. More than once I had tears in my eyes and I often had to stop reading for a moment or two to get my feelings under control.
Anthony Grey managed to portray his protagonists' feelings in a way that made me feel their sorrows as deeply as their joys.

The author didn't gloss over anything here. For the most part of the novel Vietnam was at war. Hence there was murder, rape, torture, lots and lots of violence and incredible suffering. What was happening was always obvious, at times also very explicit, and yet Anthony Grey never crossed the line from violence to gore, it was never excessive.

The plot was a perfect mix of historic events and personal destinies, which got me hooked immediately. I could hardly stop reading and I was utterly fascinated till the very last sentence and was sad to see the story end. I found it incredibly intriguing to watch the impact of the historic events on the protagonists' lives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fantastic tale that mixes history and fiction 28. Oktober 2001
Von M. Mcfarland - Veröffentlicht auf
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Grey's tale of love and betrayal in Indochina is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's almost seven years since I read it for the first time, but I still remember being transfixed by the atmosphere in this epic tale.
Saigon begins in the French colonial days of the early 1900s and explores the often cruel relationship between imperial master and servant. There then begins the rebellion and the central love affair between the Vietnamese and Americans that moves in parallel throughout the book until the French are expelled and then when the last American chopper lifts off for freedom. Grey's descripton of the final moments and the fight to board is breathtaking.
What makes this a truly memorable read is Grey's ability to carry a complex theme with a such light touch. Never do you feel bored or weary. Five Stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very well written and flowing novel 22. Februar 2014
Von Chuck Cameron. - Marine Mustang PA - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a Marine officer who served in Vietnam I was interested in learning more about Vietnam and how it got to where it is. I found this novel fascinating. I usually prefer other than a novel to learn from but this was an exception, written much in the James Michener style. It tells a tale beginning in 1925 and flows through with interesting character until the fall of Saigon in 1975. Very intertwined and provides a good picture of what did go on in Vietnam from French rule, through Japanese occupation (not well covered), French again and the American involvement. The only exception I had was from the 68 Tet offensive (I was there) and then on. It got a little less believable. However, overall I think it is a good read and I recommend it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I wish it was a movie 4. Dezember 2000
Von Overton Thomas - Veröffentlicht auf
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A nice novel that revolves around the history of Vietnam from 1925 to 1975. Anthony Grey spins a nice story that is hard to put down. His books have been quite popular in Asia with "Peking" being another one of his fine works. It's a shame his books haven't received as much attention as James Clavell's. A very enjoyable book that I need to re-read as it's now been years since I last read it. Hopefully, a movie director will find a way to put this on the big screen in the future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Saigon 10. Juli 2001
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Historical fiction at its best. Grey presents Vietnams complex history and people simply and effectively. His work provides the reader with thorough knowledge of a land whose history is complex, passionate & explosive. His characters bring Vietnam alive through their intense feelings of anger, oppression, desire and tenacity. This book has love, hate, greed, betrayal, gluttony, violence...and will leave its reader with a deeper understanding of country that has reached far beyond its remote borders.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book to read before a visit to Vietnam 10. März 2014
Von Dennis Brack - Veröffentlicht auf
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My wife and I just returned from a Viking Voyages cruise up the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. Someone on the boat read,SAIGON, shortly before the start of the trip--a great move. The book tells the reader about the history of Vietnam under the French. I had always thought of Ho Chi Minh as that old guy during our Vietnam War, but the book gives a view of the man in his early years. It would have been nice to have known while touring Ho's house in Hanoi. The characters in the book make the history an easy read. It would be good to read anytime, but especially before a visit to Vietnam.
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