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The Man From Saigon by Marti Leimbach
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The Man From Saigon

by Marti Leimbach

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Leimbach's writing summons the sights, sounds, and smells of Vietnam in an extraordinary way. The way she moves back and forth in time and place makes Son and Susan's time in the jungle interesting rather than tedious. She clearly shows the damage that war does to everyone it touches--the civilians, the combatants, the journalists, members of the medical world. ( )
  eapalmer | Sep 2, 2012 |
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A book that gives you the feeling of being there in the war with the female journalist. Susan Gifford. I am strongly reminded of another book printed after this one in 2010, The Lotus Eaters, which seems to have plot similarities to The Man from Saigon, which was printed the year before. Excellent writing, though I would have preferred more dialogue in this book, to break up the long stretches of reported speech, descriptions, and internal dialogue .

I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers program. ( )
  Harvee | Jun 6, 2011 |
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Different from other books about Viet Nam, this one was a bit difficult for me because of the first person writing on the part of the author, not a format I am comfortable with. It's an intimate portrayl of the war, no grand scale here. People have problems, die or are swept along by what they can't control. ( )
  paulco | Nov 9, 2010 |
This novel is an excellent learning opportunity as well as an involving read. Learning about the Vietnam war as well as vicariously experiencing how jarring and difficult it is to be a journalist in a war zone is a unique opportunity. The author has skillfully woven the complexities of the protagonist's relationships, her struggles for recognition and equality, and intrigue against the backdrop of a violent bloody war. ( )
  nanajlove | Aug 3, 2010 |
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"It's 1967, and Susan Gifford is one of the first female correspondents on assignment in Saigon, dedicated to her job and passionately in love with an American TV reporter. Son is a Vietnamese photographer anxious to get his work into the American press. Together they cover every aspect of the war from combat missions to the workings of field hospitals. Then one November morning, narrowly escaping death during an ambush, Susan and Son find themselves the prisoners of three Vietcong soldiers who have been separated from their unit. Now, under constant threat from American air strikes, helpless in the hands of the enemy, they face the daily hardships of the jungle together. As time passes, the bond between Susan and Son deepens, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Son to harbor the secret that could have profound consequences for them both." -- from publisher's website.… (more)

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