Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Man from Saigon Book Review

It's 1967, and Susan Gifford is one of the first female correspondents on assignment in Saigon, dedicated to her job and passionately in love with an American TV reporter. Son is a Vietnamese photographer anxious to get his work into the American press. Together they cover every aspect of the war from combat missions to the workings of field hospitals. Then one November morning, narrowly escaping death during an ambush, Susan and Son find themselves the prisoners of three Vietcong soldiers who have been separated from their unit.

Now, under constant threat from American air strikes, helpless in the hands of the enemy, they face the daily hardships of the jungle together. As time passes, the bond between Susan and Son deepens, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Son to harbor the secret that could have profound consequences for them both.
Marti Leimbach's decriptions take you straight into the heat of the Vietnam jungles. The book deals with the changing roles of women in the 1960's, the insanity of war, the contrasts between cultures, and the complexity of human relationships. Highly Recommend!

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book from Double Day so that I could write an honest review.

1 comment:

couponmom said...

This book sounds amazing and has now gone on my must read list. Thanks for reviewing it.