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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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