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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dang Thuy Tram Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the age of 24, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam. 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 35 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, 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 1/24/2014

    " At the age of 24, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province. 2 years later she was killed by US forces not far from where she worked. -Random House Review I was really moved by this book. I will never ever think of a 'war enemy' the same again. It brought humanity to a horrific subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judy | 1/21/2014

    " So eerie to read this diary of a time that I also lived through (albeit as a child and in North America). It was fascinating, tragic, illuminating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 1/19/2014

    " This was a VERY powerful read. It is one of three diaries documented by a young female North Vietnam physician during the Vietnam War (the other 2 diaries were lost). Reminded me very much of Anne Frank, the difference being a diary of a teenager compared to that of a young woman. Having grown up with the Vietnam War in my background as Dads were stationed there I learned more about the countries of North and South Vietnam, their history, and how the US became engaged in the conflict in more human versus text book terms. It made me think long and hard about what it must be like for the young people in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan today where US forces have been deployed and those who are not in favor of the American "imperialist" ways. It also has brought perspective the the "revolutions" going on in the other middle east countries and what drives the young and idealistic. This book was so powerful for me it has taken me several years to complete. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Doug Reed | 1/18/2014

    " I expected more from this book. "

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