When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

A Vietnamese Woman's Journey From War to Peace

Book - 1989
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It is said that in war heaven and earth change places not once, but many times. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places is the haunting memoir of a girl on the verge of womanhood in a world turned upside down. The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters langed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the government and Viet Cong troops fought in and around Ky La, both sides recruited children as spies and saboteurs. Le Ly was one of those children. Before the age of sixteen, Le Ly had suffered near-starvation, imprisonment, torture, rape, and the deaths of beloved family members-but miraculously held fast to her faith in humanity. And almost twenty years after her escape to Ameica, she was drawn inexorably back to the devastated country and family she left behind. Scenes of this joyous reunion are interwoven with the brutal war years, offering a poignant picture of vietnam, then and now, and of a courageous woman who experienced the true horror of the Vietnam War-and survived to tell her unforgettable story.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1989.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385247580
0385247583
Characteristics: xv, 368 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wurts, Jay

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beautykitty
Dec 03, 2011

Great to have a women's perspective. Shows how there were no clear choices for the people, when survival meant having to placate both sides. Also contains insights into the culture. Sometimes felt that Jay Wurts had too strong an influence on the writing, but if it helped her to express herself then it can only be a good thing.

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