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Title: More than a memory (book site)
Author: Various (Edited by Victor R. Volkman)
Publisher: Modern History Press (May 13, 2010)
More than a Memory is a collection of essays, prose and poems. This collection has stories and poems written by those who had fought the war in Vietnam and lived to tell the tale.
Some stories/ poems are about survival, some about finding your comrades dead beside you and not being able to do anything about it, some are about adjusting back into the real world where a single loud noise could take you back into the Vietnamese jungles, some are about dealing with post traumatic stress and some are about hope.
As it a collection written by different authors,I thought some were well written ans dome were not, but all were worth reading. It has more poems than stories and prose though, so if you hate poetry stay away from it. I am not a fan of poetry either but I read every single poem in this book. That’s saying something.
I don’t really hate poetry, I just don’t understand a lot of it. I imagine these poems are pretty powerful.
I don’t read poetry but I have to say some of them I read are just lovely and lyrical! I’m sure this book is a powerful read.
I won’t pick up a poetry book on purpose but when I do read one, I loved it! I’m a big fan of books on this theme, so I’d be sure to look for it. Thanks for the review, Violet!
The book sounds very moving. And I love seeing this campaign return for a second year!
Is Tim O’Brien one of the writers?
No he isn’t
I really “thought” at one point of my teen life, that i could write poetry and understand it. Of course, some English songs were to be blamed 🙂
Now I know better. It is definitely difficult and has a beauty, that we should have an eye to appreciate. I am still not into that phase, I am sure it will come… but not now 🙂
This is the first I’ve heard of this book. I’ve read a lot of Vietnam War poetry, so this sounds right up my alley. I hope it’s okay to link to your review on War Through the Generations.
of course it’s more than okay Anna.