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This book came recommended to me by a friend who knew I loved ethnic history, poetry, whales, octopi and a good story. It was based on this, and not the 2.5 stars that it received that led me to it. Over lunch, my friend and I have discussed the poorer reviews.
Like Water for Chocolate, myth and relality become indistinguishable. The story reads like poetry and Stefan Rudnicki, the reader has a voice that draws you to the campfire and leads you into the tale; both are very poetic. I am, at 60 years old, probably the age of Thomas, who went to VietNam as a young man. This is the first Vietnamese war story that opened my eyes to the people of the jungle, the tribal people and their struggles. Balancing these people with the people of the whale of the West Coast American Indians painted a struggle that is within us all; nature and self preservation.
I feel like a more complete person having experienced this audible book. I am glad that I listened to it as opposed to just reading the words. The pictures in my head, from the reader were like a painting.
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Always looking for a book with a different twist and this one has it - combining old with the new. It contrast the life of native people with the new younger generation that has no respect for the old ways - the twist to the book - the Vietnam war and how that has changed the people and their ways. Good story line and good characters - but it drags in the middle - could have been cut by an hour or so - glad I listened to it - but would not listen to it again.
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