Saigon Calling: London 1963-75

Saigon Calling London A sequel to the acclaimed Such a Lovely Little War growing up Vietnamese in swinging London as the Vietnam war intensifies Marcelino Truong s first book about the early years of the Vietnam war the g

  • Title: Saigon Calling: London 1963-75
  • Author: Marcelino Truong David Homel
  • ISBN: 9781551526898
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sequel to the acclaimed Such a Lovely Little War growing up Vietnamese in swinging London as the Vietnam war intensifies.Marcelino Truong s first book about the early years of the Vietnam war, the graphic memoir Such a Lovely Little War 2016 , received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and was named one the season s best graphic novels by the NeA sequel to the acclaimed Such a Lovely Little War growing up Vietnamese in swinging London as the Vietnam war intensifies.Marcelino Truong s first book about the early years of the Vietnam war, the graphic memoir Such a Lovely Little War 2016 , received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and was named one the season s best graphic novels by the New York Times In this sequel, young Marco and his family move from Saigon to London in order to escape the war following the assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem, for whom Marcelino s diplomat father was a personal interpreter.In London, his father struggles to build a new life for his children and his wife, whose bipolar spells are becoming increasingly violent But for Marco and his siblings, swinging London is an exciting place to be a new world of hedonists and hippies At the same time, the news from their grandparents in Vietnam grows ever grimmer as the war intensifies and American involvement becomes increasingly muddied Young Marco finds himself conflicted between embracing the peace loving anti war demonstrators and the strong, nostalgic bond he feels toward a wounded Vietnam, whose conflict is not as simple as the demonstrators make it out to be.With its audacious imagery and heart rending text, Saigon Calling is a bold graphic memoir that strikes a remarkable balance between the intimate chronicle of a family undone by mental illness and the large scale tragedy of a country undone by war.

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    1. This graphic novel is the continuation to Marceline Truong's experience during the Vietnam War. The author and his parents were really fortunate that they lived in London while Vietnam was still at war.Despite that they were away from their homeland, they were still affected by the news that they received not only from the media, but from their relatives and friends they left in Vietnam. This second volume of Truong's graphic novel cited a comprehensive details about the latter years of the war. [...]

    2. A sequel to the story of Truong's family's experience of the early years of the Viet Nam War. Truong, the son of a (South)-Vietnamese diplomat and a French--decidedly anti-war, and somewhat unstable--mother, escapes Vietnam to London with his family, including his siblings,where they experience the war--like most others in the world--from afar, on the tv and in the papers. A 280-page book, Saigon Calling basically compresses Truong's experience of events from 1963-1975, as the war ramped up, Vie [...]

    3. Marcelino Truong's followup to Such A Lovely Little War. We get a compressed version of the Vietnam war, interspersed with Truong's life in London during the same time period. His family managed to get out of Vietnam before the war really ramped up (see previous volume for details). Between letters from relatives back home and news reports, his family kept abreast of what was happening. It's a uniquely personal account that comes alive much more vividly than the average history book. We get some [...]

    4. Marco Truong’s memoir of his childhood experience as a French-Vietnamese ex pat in London during the Vietnam War. It’s a mishmash of different story telling techniques with mixed media.

    5. Since the family had left Vietnam, I was wondering if this volume was going to feel as immediate as the first, but Truong ties in the continuing saga of the war well with his day-to-day life in London (and then in France). Not only is it an excellent companion to the first, but after you read it, suddenly the first volume feels incomplete without it.

    6. More history heavy than Such A Lovely Little War but clearly explained and Truong sticks with the timelines nicely and how he was learning of what was happening in Veitnam while they lived abroad. Very interesting to see the contrast between Truong and his family's reaction to the anti-war movement and general pro-VC/KR attitudes.

    7. I love what Marcelino Truong is doing in his graphic memoirs. I'm seeing the hazy confusion of the Vietnam War through his eyes as a Vietnamese kid in London and the toll it takes on different members of his family. And he is human and honest of what it was like as a teenager in the 60s and 70s and how protesting the war in the West took on a limited scope from the Vietnamese people experiencing the devastation. It is really interesting that there is a wave of memoirs (I know more of the graphic [...]

    8. The follow-up to Truong's first memoir about growing up Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. Truong's family fled to Europe after violence erupts in Saigon, so Truong and his older siblings come of age in swinging London, enchanted by hippie music and culture, which their staid parents cannot understand. Meanwhile, Truong's mother's bipolar swings grow worse as his father struggles to support the family. I found Truong's take on the war a refreshing departure from the standard Western view, and hi [...]

    9. A little text heavy at the end, and sometimes the story got bogged down with historical sections, but the illustrations are beautiful and I really enjoyed the story of Truong's adolescence. This is the companion to a previous work, which tells more of their life in Vietnam. I didn't read the previous graphic novel prior to reading this, and I don't think you have to. However, I am definitely interested in reading it sometime!

    10. I first read Truong’s Such a Lovely Little War, and this book continues that story, of his family and of the Vietnam War. Truong’s book is deeply moving as he relates his mother’s emotional illness and his elder brother’s misguided path, both profoundly painful. But it’s also the story of his own education, resilience, history, and an understanding of culture and family.

    11. A perfect Sequel to Such A Lovely Little War, and the best historical account I’ve ever read about the Vietnam war. The translation from French mostly works but has a few clunky bits of dialogue. With how accessible the book is, I can highly recommend it to just about anyone.

    12. Weird mix of 60’s/70’s Vietnamese/SE Asian history and the author’s family drama and personal experiences. It didn’t always work, but the historical portion was really well done.

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