This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: A memoir of the fragile beauty and dark undercurrents of the years of French occupation of Vietnam.Michel Lrpini re arrived in Hanoi as a teenager in the years before World War II. He fell in love with the country and its people, but gradually became aware that what he saw as an enchanting m lange of East and West was not seen the same way by everyone.Michel's story is inevitably entwined with the history of Vietnam in those years: the French response to the nationalist movement; World War II and the Japanese occupation; the rise of the Vietminh and the refusal of the United States to aid colonial regimeand the political vacuum, chaos and tragedy in the aftermath of the war.Hanoi, Adieu is an intimate and compelling journey through the tumultuous last decades of French Indochina and the crucial years prior to the Vietnam War. It is also a moving story of a life caught up in historic events, and about family, love and growing up.Mandaley Perkins is the author of Tropic Tide and the stepdaughter of Michel Lrpini re. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
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Hanoi, Adieu encapsulates the recent tragic history of a complex and beautiful country, and at its heart is the city of Hanoi '. . . an enchanting mélange of east and west'.
Hanoi, Adieu is the elegiac memoir of Michel L'Herpinière, a young man who comes of age in the waning years of French colonialism. His story is recorded and transmuted by his stepdaughter, Mandaley Perkins. It is, as she says ... ' the story of his love for Indochina and its people ... the story of the march of folly that led France into war with the Vietminh ... the story of how decisions made far away in Paris, Saigon and Washington affected the lives of the people in this beautiful and provocative city .'
Written in the first person, the narrative is as strong and clear-eyed in discerning the political intricacies and their deadly consequences, as it is poetically evocative of the landscape and people that had captured young Michel's heart. When, with his countrymen, he is forced to flee at the eleventh hour, it is the end of the French era in Vietnam . But ... ' for the Americans ... it was just the beginning '.
As it can be with a truly dispassionate memoir or a totally engaged biography, in this book the microcosm of one man's experience holds the tragedy of his milieu: the forever-lost world of French Indochina. This is also, then, a gentle but expert lesson in the history of Indochina, making the complexities of cross-cultural and cross-ideological conflict comprehensible on the smallest of scales, that of one human being to another.
The Indochinese milieu is fascinating, exotic, and the reader suspends all moral certainties and accepts the opium den and the brothel as valid sites for Michel's rite of passage. There, in the house by the Citadel, Michel finds an unlikely mother-surrogate in the Maîtresse de la Maison , Jo, a métisse (a French-Annamese) who is perhaps fifty -- elegant, decadent, sophisticated -- and who initiates him into the rituals of love-making and opium. But, like the city itself, she is not to be read on the surface, for Jo becomes Michel's mentor, his protector and saviour as Hanoi becomes increasingly dangerous.
Hanoi, Adieu is an exquisitely beautiful and most beguiling story.
Über den Autor: Mandaley Perkins is the author of "Tropic Tide" and the stepdaughter of Michel L Herpiniere.
Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate, Sydney, 2005. Stiff Wrappers. Buchzustand: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 006051
Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate, Australia, 2005. Paper Back. Buchzustand: Good. First Edition. The cover has little shelf wear. The edges of the book and page margins are lightly tanned with age. The first page is beginning to separate from the spine. The second page has a name written in pen. 323 pages. Size: Size F: 9"-10" Tall (228-254mm). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 133202
Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PL01334457B
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd. PAPERBACK. Buchzustand: New. 0732281962 New Condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NEW4.0367902