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Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam By James Sullivan,

  • Title: Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam
  • Author: James Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780312422370
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the fall of 1992, James Sullivan travels to Vietnam to bicycle from Saigon to Hanoi He has just finished graduate school and has an assignment to write a magazine story about a country that is still subject to a U.S trade embargo But in Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, the planned three month bike trip takes a detour Here, in a city spliced by the famed PerIn the fall of 1992, James Sullivan travels to Vietnam to bicycle from Saigon to Hanoi He has just finished graduate school and has an assignment to write a magazine story about a country that is still subject to a U.S trade embargo But in Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, the planned three month bike trip takes a detour Here, in a city spliced by the famed Perfume River and filled with French baroque villas, he finds himself bicycling over a moat to visit a beautiful shop girl who lives amid the ruins of the last imperial dynasty of Vietnam She falls for him, but there s a catch Several other suitors are vying for her hand, and one of them is an official with the city s police force Over the Moat is the story of Sullivan s efforts to win Thuy s favor while immersing himself in Vietnamese culture, of kindly insinuating himself in Thuy s colorful and warm family, and of learning how to create a common language based on love and understanding.
    Over the Moat Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam In the fall of James Sullivan travels to Vietnam to bicycle from Saigon to Hanoi He has just finished graduate school and has an assignment to write a magazine story about a country that is stil

    One thought on “Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam”

    1. This is a poignant and sweet book about Love in a communist country one filled with phenomenal bureaucracy and contradictions, excuses and non sequitors Jim the memoir s protagonist is deeply smitten with Thuy, the lovely Vietmanese girl he is engaged to She cares for him too but her life and his are deeply conflicted by her uncertainy about leaving Vietman and his about being there wooing her And then there are the competing interests of Dich, another suitor who is a bureaucratic and a policema [...]

    2. A memoir by a young American man who made a bicycle trip through Vietnam with a college friend in the late 1990s and became entranced by a young Vietnamese woman he met in Hue He returns to court her and struggles with cultural differences, other suitors, and the government bureaucracy.

    3. DNF, actually I like the writing on a sentence by sentence basis, but I was put off by Sullivan s handling of time sequencing Only for a truly stellar book am I willing to untangle a narrative that bounces around in time.

    4. I didn t finish this story because it didn t strike me as extraordinary and I felt unsympathetic to the author s voice for non fiction I typically need one of those aspects to keep me interested.

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