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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: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739354490
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Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of a twenty-seven-year-old Vietcong woman doctor, saved from destruction by an American soldier, gives us fresh insight into the lives of those fighting on the other side of the Vietnam War. It is a story of the struggle for one’s ideals amid the despair and grief of war, but most of all, it is a story of hope in the most dire circumstances.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Now available for the first time in English – faithfully translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnamese American journalist Pham – [LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF PEACE] is witness to the unjust horrors and countless tragedies of war, a reminder made more pertinent every day. The Bloomsbury Review
  • Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is a book to be read by all and included in any course on the literature of war. Chicago Tribune
  • Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war. Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine
  • As much a drama of feelings as a drama of war. Seth Mydans, New York Times
  • An illuminating picture of what life was like among the enemy guerrillas, especially in the medical community. The VVA Veteran, official publication of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Idealistic young North Vietnamese doctor describes her labors in makeshift clinics and hidden hospitals during the escalation of the Vietnam War.
    Tram did not survive the war. On June 22, 1970, an American soldier shot her in the head while she was walking down a jungle pathway dressed in the conventional black pajamas of her compatriots. Judging by her diary, rescued from the flames by another American soldier and first published in Vietnam in 2005, she died with a firm commitment to the Communist Party, the reunion of Vietnam, her profession and her patients, many of whom she saved in surgeries conducted under the most primitive and dangerous conditions imaginable. In one of her first entries, on April 12, 1968, she characterizes herself as having 'the heart of a lonely girl filled with unanswered hopes and dreams.' This longing and yearning—especially for the lover she rarely sees, a man she names only as 'M' — fills these pages and gives them a poignancy that is at times almost unbearable. Early on, Tram records her concerns about being accepted into the Party. She eventually—and gleefully—is, but one of her last entries reveals the results of an evaluation by her political mentors, who say she must battle her 'bourgeois' tendencies. It’s a laughable adjective to apply to a young woman dedicating her life to the communists’ political and military cause. Tram blasts the despised Americans over and over, calling them 'imperialist,' 'invaders,' 'bloodthirsty.' She notes with outrage the devastation wrought by bombs, artillery and defoliation. Describing her efforts to treat a young man burned by a phosphorous bomb, she writes, 'He looks as if he has been roasted in an oven.'
    Urgent, simple prose that pierces the heart.
    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/5/2014

    " Just started this - realized I can't read it on the bus, I find myself getting teary-eyed. My review coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/30/2014

    " 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.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/29/2014

    " New perspective for me on the Viet Nam war... it is peaking into someones personal life (diary) to understand the emotion of that perspective. Plus, I really like how the author added in as footnotes the historical details so you could understand where & when these things took place. Rather sad but, diverting. HA! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valarie | 1/29/2014

    " It was very interesting to read about someone on the "other side" of the Vietnam war, and parts of the diary were very poignant. The footnotes provided a lot of educational information as well. Of course, since Thuy Tram didn't intend to write a memoir but was simply writing about her days, there is no story arc and most plots are left unfinished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 1/24/2014

    " A two year diary of a North Vietnamese doctor working in the South 1968-1970...While many of us were protesting during those years, she tried to save lives....under the most difficult circumstances. A diary of love, searching for peace, anger, understanding. A really touching read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Mcgrath | 1/24/2014

    " 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 biography or novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathie | 12/29/2013

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 12/16/2013

    " 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 Woods | 10/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/22/2013

    " 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 Bethany | 4/13/2013

    " This is the journal found on the body of a North Vietnamese nurse that reminds you that there are two sides to every story. Beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita | 2/5/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Kehl | 10/6/2012

    " This is the translated diary of a North Vietnamese woman doctor written in 1969-70. She writes about her experiences and feelings as she works at a clinic in South Vietnam. It gives a good perspective of the war from the non-American side and humanizes those who fought on that side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Flanagan | 10/2/2012

    " Really nice read, deep, historical, personal "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirlyn | 3/26/2012

    " very interested in the topic of this book, and it was a sad and moving story of a very young and sweet Vietnamese girl so the writing is typical of a diary, which it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/22/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 6/1/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 4/10/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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.