Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls
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The Communist victories in Cambodia and Vietnam in 1975 end a long and devastating war, but for some, the new era is one of persecution. Quan, a boy, and his family are sent by the Khmer Rouge to a collective farm along the Thai border. Minh Chau, a young girl, is imprisoned with her mother and older sister. When Quan and Minh Chau later meet in a refugee camp in Malaysia, Quan becomes the young girl’s protector. When he must use violence to save her from an attack, he loses his chance to come with her to Canada. In Quebec City, Mathieu Hibou, a university student, helps Minh Chau and her family integrate into Canadian society before leaving to work as a development worker in Africa. Several years later, Mathieu suffers an unimaginable loss during the Rwandan genocide, a loss that Minh Chau will help to heal. Quan finds his way illegally to Canada and meets Minh Chau again. Through friendship and love, all three help one another overcome the pain of their pasts and live life to... More > its fullest.< Less
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Dec 23, 2012This is a powerfully written book that follows the lives of 4 young people. They meet when South Vietnam falls and tells their struggles to escape to a new life. It is the story of love, honor, bigotry and hate. The abuse of power by the conquerors and also by the people who are supposed to be aiding in the rescue attempts. By incorporating Rwanda and the Gaza strip, Con Cu has shown that these traits are universal. I loved his statement that individuals are responsible for their own acts, entire ethnic or social groups are not. This is a book that everyone should read, and then question their own bigoted beliefs about others. People are ALL equally human!
Nov 2, 2012“The story is brilliantly told. I read the last three quarters of the book all in one sitting and was caught up in the narrative and the characters.” Chris Turner, Wakefield, Quebec Review re-published from the Capital Literary Review Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls spans many countries and many people's lives. It begins in Vietnam and Cambodia when the victory of the Communist forces in 1975 result in the persecution of almost everyone associated with the former US-backed governments. Quan, a young boy from a rich Chinese-Vietnamese merchant family, is sent to a collective farm near the border with Thailand. There tragedy befalls him and his sister Hue. In Saigon, a young girl, Minh Chau, is imprisoned with mother and sister, while their father is sent to a re-education camp for former South Vietnamese officers. Three years later, Quan and Minh Chau meet in a refugee camp in Malaysia where Quan becomes Minh Chau’s protector for life. This is only the beginning of an intricate tale of... More > intense suffering and joy, which takes the protagonists on separate paths to Canada, where a soft-spoken university student helps Minh Chau’s family adapt to their new home before setting off on adventures and tragedies of his own in Rwanda and the Middle East. Canadian author Con Cú provides poignant insight into the human condition with his scholarly ear on world history and politics while telling a tale of several brave souls who were forced to face serious hardships in the struggle to escape their occupied country. Also depicted are glimpses of hardened villains and the raw depravity of the human race, and yet moments of passion and endearing tenderness mixed with authentic heroism. The story is brilliantly told. I read the last three quarters of the book all in one sitting and was caught up in the narrative and the characters. Chris Turner, Founder of Innersky Books, Wakefield, Quebec< Less
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- Ian Thomas Shaw (Standard Copyright License)
- Third Edition
- Deux Voiliers Publishing
- November 2, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.82 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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