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The Eaves of Heaven

Annotation
"Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham's family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War." "Told in chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. Pham offers a rare portal into a lost world as he chronicles Thong Van Pham's heartbreaks, triumphs, and bizarre reversals of fortune, whether as a South Vietnamese soldier pinned down by enemy fire, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese under brutal interrogation, or a refugee desperately trying to escape Vietnam after the last American helicopter has abandoned Saigon. This is the story of a man caught in the maelstrom of twentieth-century politics, a gripping memoir told with the urgency of a wartime dispatch."--BOOK JACKET.

GenreNonFiction
Historical
Autobiography
Memoir
TopicsFamily histories
Family relations
French in Indo-China
World War II
Vietnam War
Vietnamese politics
War
Vietnamese Americans
SettingVietnam