Memories of A Pure Spring

Memories of A Pure Spring

Book - 2000
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
A lyrical, autobiographical novel chronicles the story of a singer and her composer husband, from the growth of their passionate relationship in the midst of war to its tragic dissolution in war's aftermath. By the author of Paradise of the Blind. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
From Vietnam's most acclaimed writer and dissident, Duong Thu Huong, comes a novel set during and after the Vietnam War.
During the war, Hung meets Suong, a young peasant girl, and is struck by her voice and her beauty. He invites her to join his performing troupe and makes her his wife, opening a world of opportunities for Suong. The two become a team, entertaining the troops with Suong singing Hung's compositions. After the war, however, Hung is forced from his job, setting off a wrenching series of events. Anger and pity drive Suong and Hung apart, and their downward spiral of destruction finally leads to a moving and unexpected climax.
Memories of a Pure Spring draws heavily on the experiences of its author, describing life at the battlefront, the inhuman conditions in a "re-education" camp, and the texture and rhythm, scents and sounds, of a provincial Vietnamese city. At the same time, it tells a simple, universal story of failed love.

Baker
& Taylor

An autobiographical novel chronices the story of a singer and her composer husband, from the growth of their passionate relationship in the midst of war to its tragic dissolution in war's aftermath.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion East, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786865819
0786865814
Characteristics: 340 p. ;$c25 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

j
jtoobad
Mar 22, 2018

This lyrical novel reveals the inner lives of people that most Americans know only as victims of a terrible war, not as unique individuals with dreams, fears, and regrets of their own. The author, persecuted and imprisoned in Vietnam for her politically incorrect novels, evokes the look, the sound, and especially the fragrances of this tropical country as she shows how the idealism of youth, forged during the intensity and horror of war, gives way to the compromises and disillusionment of adulthood in a society where adherence to authority often seems to be necessary for survival. It's a great introduction to her work, all of which is worth reading.

u
uncommonreader
Nov 24, 2013

This novel is set in the post-war years. It is autobiographic and very damning of the regime.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

  Loading...

Find it at SMCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top