Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram

Đặng Thùy Trâm Kim Mai Guest Frances FitzGerald Andrew X. Pham

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram By Đặng Thùy Trâm Kim Mai Guest Frances FitzGerald Andrew X. Pham Last Night I Dreamed of Peace The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram At the age of twenty four Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province Two years later she was killed by Am

  • Title: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
  • Author: Đặng Thùy Trâm Kim Mai Guest Frances FitzGerald Andrew X. Pham
  • ISBN: 9780739354490
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Audio
  • Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram By Đặng Thùy Trâm Kim Mai Guest Frances FitzGerald Andrew X. Pham At the age of twenty four, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province Two years later she was killed by American forces not far from where she worked Written between 1968 and 1970, her diary speaks poignantly of her devotion to family and friends, the horrors of war, her yearnAt the age of twenty four, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province Two years later she was killed by American forces not far from where she worked Written between 1968 and 1970, her diary speaks poignantly of her devotion to family and friends, the horrors of war, her yearning for her high school sweetheart, and her struggle to prove her loyalty to her country At times raw, at times lyrical and youthfully sentimental, her voice transcends cultures to speak of her dignity and compassion and of her challenges in the face of the war s ceaseless fury.The American officer who discovered the diary soon after Dr Tram s death was under standing orders to destroy all documents without military value As he was about to toss it into the flames, his Vietnamese translator said to him, Don t burn this one It has fire in it already Against regulations, the officer preserved the diary and kept it for thirty five years In the spring of 2005, a copy made its way to Dr Tram s elderly mother in Hanoi The diary was soon published in Vietnam, causing a national sensation Never before had there been such a vivid and personal account of the long ordeal that had consumed the nation s previous generations.Translated by Andrew X Pham and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Frances FitzGerald, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is an extraordinary document that narrates one woman s personal and political struggles Above all, it is a story of hope in the most dire of circumstances told from the perspective of our historic enemy but universal in its power to celebrate and mourn the fragility of human life.From the Hardcover edition.
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    1. Kim M-M on said:

      the last entry in her diary seemed particularly poignant her last words tot he world and she didn t know it I kept thinking about her mother, and how she felt reading the diary years after Dang s death Dang would read their letters and write responses to people in her diary, things she didn t tell them in her letters such love she had If she didn t like anyone, she wouldn t name them, but spoke about their actions and those she loved, she always carried in her thoughts such a loving caring perso [...]

    2. Angela on said:

      What I ve noticed about most of the reviews of this book is that they all mention the story of how the diary came to be published They call that story interesting, intriguing, fascinating And then there s the diary, where I see the words repetetive and never meant for publication mentioned a lot.Basically, people don t want to give this a bad review because it is what it is The story of a girl who died in the medical service of her country during the Vietnam War.Maybe I don t have enough knowled [...]

    3. Erin on said:

      It s possible the diary of Thuy Tran, a Vietnamese doctor serving in the National Liberation Front army, is a good read in Vietnamese In English it is terrible I tried hard to remind myself of the real life behind the narrative voice, of the fear and sacrifice, of her youth but despite the evocative form reading a diary feels like maybe because it is an invasion the writing is so terrible it s distracting I appreciate, too, that Thuy wasn t a writer by trade and so my expectations for knock em o [...]

    4. Larry Bassett on said:

      The excellent fifteen page introduction by Frances Fitzgerald of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace contains some incisive observations about the book, its meaning and its history and its origins The book itself is a diary, an interior monologue by the main character Dang Thuy Tram, a mid twenty something woman who is a new doctor in the midst of the war in Vietnam Her job is to care for wounded Viet Cong soldiers just below the seventeenth parallel that divides the North and the South She is surroun [...]

    5. William Graney on said:

      The whole story of how this diary came to publication is very interesting and reading the diary is an experience I highly recommend Since it wasn t written with the intention of publication it can be choppy and repetitious at times as Thuy worked through her feelings towards war, love, family and her ethical code Yet her constant self examination and her evaluation of character traits in others cast light on the soul of someone who was very introspective and the philosophical closings of many of [...]

    6. Terry on said:

      This little book impacted med potentially a few other people in this worldke no other This is the diary of a young, idealistic doctor who worked, not near, but in the precise location where I was in Viet Nam precisely the same time I was in Viet Nam.when she talks about the devil Americans at s ME As I read the diary entries I realized, the day I arrived in Viet Nam was nearingen I arriveden I traveled to the small LZ north of Quang Ngaien she was killed in an ambush.while I was nearby Now, if t [...]

    7. Phuong on said:

      It s difficult to contain emotions mine through hers The diary hits me personally I was born to the lullaby of this war I grew up witnessing its savagery engulfing lives humanity Indeed, the diary has the fire within Her words are raw achingly vivid as she accounts amid the atrocities, annihilation dehumanization of war the very core of human conditions, existence veracity Fate did deny her life But chances choices, death can t deny her Her voice echoes eternally She is extraordinary Do read thi [...]

    8. Sandra D on said:

      Overwrought and gushingly emotional diary of a young female surgeon I had hoped for a straightforward accounting of life within the Viet Cong support system what American forces were up against but this wasn t it I couldn t finish it.

    9. Tien on said:

      An incredibly lucky find when researching for a reading challenge task I was looking for a non fiction book set in South East Asia excluding Indonesia that has been translated to English You know Anne Frank her diary Well, this is also a diary by a girl, a young adult in her early 20s She may be a communist but she is also a person, a human who bled red with a breakable heart and beautiful dreams As I read her most intimate thoughts, my heart broke for her over and over This is only part of the [...]

    10. Kathie on said:

      I so wanted to read this book, being fascinated with everything Vietnam War.but was exceptionally disappointed This person, a doctor for heaven s sake did nothing but whine and pine for an unrequited love like a 12 year old school girl.I hated all of it

    11. Pio on said:

      M t quy n s ch t s ng, y l n u c th chuy n h a c m x c trong quy n n y th nh n c.

    12. Laura (booksnob) on said:

      Dang Thuy Tram was a doctor who lived and worked in Vietnam during the war She left her family, became a member of the communist party and worked to heal members of the Vietcong army During the Vietnam war Thuy kept a diary and wrote down her thoughts, her emotions and the daily tribulations of living and working during a war She relates some of the history of Vietnam, the conflict with the French and her wish for peace and freedom Only one diary out of three survives.Dr Tram is shot and killed [...]

    13. +Chaz on said:

      It seems that the we understand our enemy, the we see them functioning in their daily lives, the harder it is to kill them Perhaps that is why we dehumanize them how sad Ms Tram s diary of living under a jungle canopy in the middle of a battle field is almost as eye opening for the Vietnam War, as All Quite on The Western Front, was for WWI and The Diary of Ann Franks during WWII A young lady, a doctor gladly volunteering to serve her country to care for her wounded countrymen who are defendin [...]

    14. Laurie on said:

      I had really high hopes for this book a combination of 2 diaries from a young Vietnamese war doctor I didn t hear about it from anyone I just came upon it last year and thought it would be an insightful and beautiful read However, reading it felt like a chore, but I hate not finishing a book.My main complaints were that the writing was overly dramatic, so I could not relate to the writer and as far as expectations go, I thought there would be depth to the events occurring at the time Having sai [...]

    15. David on said:

      In my sight, candor is always refreshing, even if the intended audience is only yourself This educated, 25 year old woman although a doctor in extremely primitive circumstances and surrounded view spoiler , and eventually engulfed, hide spoiler by death worried about what people thought about her, refrained from displays of affection in public for fear colleagues would whisper, felt the organization for which she worked sometimes failed to appreciate her for unfair reasons, was sometimes terrifi [...]

    16. Tim on said:

      I only rated this 3 stars probably because it was, after all, two full years worth of diary entries After the first 150 entries, one is reminded that this is a diary However, the larger story is very provocative and the context becomes 5 star material A young woman doctor from the North travels to the South to be a part of the medical teams in the war zone supporting the Viet Cong our term fellow Vietnamese, her term She loves her country, both north and south, and was willing volunteered to pla [...]

    17. Stephen on said:

      After reading twenty or so pages of this diary I got the idea that it was written by a highly idealistic, overly romantic young girl, and the rest of the book became too repetitive to offer further interest It was only in the last few months of her life, as the US forces zoned in on her location that her writings changed enough to hold interest again Overall, the diary is a worthy war artifact, and Thuy Tram s writing is accomplished, but I didn t find it satisfying in the way one expects of a b [...]

    18. Eustacia Tan on said:

      Finally finished another book for the SEAReadingChallenge This book is from Vietnam and it s the first non fiction book that I ve read for the challenge Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace is a diary written by a young 27 when she died, only slightly older than me Vietnamese doctor as she worked in the front lines during the Vietnam War.I think this is my favourite book of the challenge so far Dang Thuy Tram is an introspective woman and she writes extremely movingly about what she sees and experience [...]

    19. Gina Baratono on said:

      Damg Thuy Tram did something extraordinary at the young age of 24 She volunteered to serve as a physician in the National Liberation Front Viet Cong battlefield in Quang Ngai Province Two years later she was killed by American forces not far from the hospital this is not a spoiler the reader will be aware of this from the beginning This book shares her diary entries, the horrors she witnessed, her dreams of peace hence the title obviously , her missing her friends and family, her desire to be a [...]

    20. Alice Rose on said:

      The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram is a touching personal insight into the mind of a young surgeon in the American War Like any diary you can expect melodramatic tendencies, but unlike many diaries you will be surprised by the poetic and intelligent writings gifted to us by Thuy To me, it is difficult to rate a diary It is a gift that this diary has made it s way into our hands and it is a personal account of history that should be appreciate for what it is As Thuy comes from Hanoi she weaves a deep lo [...]

    21. Hienpham on said:

      y r r ng l cu n s ch kh ng th a ra m nh gi c, l m t cu n nh t k , m nh t k th u ph i c vi t cho nhi u ng i c.

    22. Son Nguyen on said:

      Quy n s ch m nh mua t nh ng n m c p 3 m m i n khi i l m m i c c M t c m gi c bu n da di t khi c nh ng d ng nh t k c a ch Tr m, d v y nh ng t i v n c m th y c c k may m n v c quy n n y ngay t i giai o n tr ng th nh, v t i c th ng c m c v i nh ng suy t c a ch , nh ng tr n tr c a m t ng i tr v i v n m nh c a t n c, c m gi c b t l c c a ng i b c s v i b nh nh n c a m nh m kh ng th c u c, nh ng suy t c a ch v i m i quan h t nh c m c nh n c a b n th n v i ng i y u M v nh ng a em k t ngh a , nh ng c m [...]

    23. Rachel on said:

      The found diary of a young Vietnamese woman this book seems to lie on the cusp between memoir and autobiography if there is such a place Written during the Vietnam war and later rescued from a pile of documents to be burned, it tells of haunting moments throughout the conflict with the US, the pain of loss, and the tender memories of family and love The prose alternates between the romanticism that only a young revolutionary could convey and straightforward explanations of the enemy encroaching [...]

    24. Maureen on said:

      I have tried twice to read this book, and twice found myself not really wanting to pick it up again once I set it down I don t blame the author who writes their journal entries assuming they ll be published for everyone to read I have just found the style of writing, and the author herself to be a little overly dramatic and overdone for my taste I was hoping for an insightful glimpse into a war that I don t feel I know enough about, from the perspective of a Vietnam citizen While politics and cu [...]

    25. Young on said:

      I had high hopes for this book because I don t see a whole lot of novels or memoirs written by Vietnamese authors about the Vietnam War and this was one of the few I found It is a very slow read for me I m having a hard time with the poetic nature of the book Additionally, I find little substance regarding the war and the history of the war The monotonous overtone of this person s reflection about herself and the men that she nurtured is a bit boring I m half way through the book and I find no r [...]

    26. Monica on said:

      This book is just diary entries and therefore very difficult to follow Much of the time you are having to refer to the footnote to get a back story I wish they would have put in some background information I could not finish the book so I really have no idea how it all ended up.

    27. Angela on said:

      Ok i must admit that i did not finish this book It was really a hard read I know that it is someone diary so it will not be like most books but this one really jumped around a lot she would be writing in first person then in mid sentence she would jump to third person.

    28. Lynne on said:

      I was hoping for details about her life working as a doctor in North Vietnam and less repetitive waxing about her position in the Communist Party.

    29. Teri Temme on said:

      Wow Powerful and moving account of a young Doctor in Vietnam 1966 1970 her death.

    30. Thắng on said:

      Nh m y review c ng n i, y l quy n nh t k , n kh ng bao gi c vi t v i m c ch c ng ch ng c M nh c vi t nh t k h ng ng y, n n m nh t cho r ng m nh hi u c i phong c ch vi t n y ng n g n, n i v c m x c, ch n th nh v i b n th n c c chi ti t t s c tinh g n h t m c c th , ho c l ch n i quoa loa B i v y, c th c Thu mu n l u l i c m x c c a m nh, t ng con ch c a c g i nh t ng k ni m d d ng C n ng i kh c m c c bi t l nh ng ng i ch a bi t c Thu l ng i th n o v cu c s ng c a c ra sao th kh m hi u tr n c nhi [...]

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