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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: September 2007 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Doug Reed | 1/18/2014

    " I expected more from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Osho | 1/3/2014

    " The diary of a young North Vietnamese woman, working as a doctor for the Viet Cong. By turns poignant and polemical, it manages to be more engaging than not, and to provide a different perspective than we usually get. The introduction by Frances Fitzgerald (and read by her in the audiobook) summarizes the action, as well as the path by which the book came to be published and its reception in Vietnam. The reader pronounces the tones in Vietnamese words, which is welcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/7/2013

    " Powerful diary of a Vietnamese woman during the "American War." Eye-opening to another side of a war in which our country was involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/29/2013

    " A beautifully written diary of a Vietnamese doctor killed in the war. The fact that the books survived is a happy miracle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Sweeden | 11/23/2013

    " I love book about peace !! This is a great story!! :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra D | 10/26/2013

    " Overwrought and gushingly emotional diary of a young female surgeon. I had hoped for a more 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita | 1/14/2013

    " Took a long time to read and did not enjoy it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hai Nguyen | 1/8/2013

    " A diary was discovered by American G.I.'s. It was written by a North Vietnamese woman doctor who was also part of the Vietcong. She talks of war, loss of friends and a long romance with a close friend lost in the entrapments of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/23/2012

    " This book read like a diary but sometimes the translation was sketchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Flanagan | 10/12/2012

    " Really nice read, deep, historical, personal "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathie | 3/11/2012

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/26/2012

    " sl disappointed-expected more historical war info-was just what it says it is! A diary of a young female vietnamese doctor-she talks about her loves, people, her feelings, but not alot of real "facts". Very touching though.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 3/5/2011

    " Really nice read, deep, historical, personal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 2/2/2011

    " 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 Steve | 12/22/2010

    " Poignant for anyone who lived through this fiasco. I gained an appreciation of the qualities which they possessed and we lacked.... as well as a poignant glimpse of my enemy's humanity. A primary source document. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Sweeden | 5/22/2010

    " I love book about peace !! This is a great story!! :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 9/17/2009

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

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About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science-fiction narration.