Split Vision is John Wilbur s Vietnamese experience A former U.S Navy SEAL, he served eighteen months in Vietnam at the height of the war years 1967 68 where he fought and lived among the Vietnamese of the Mekong Delta that became like home 32 years later he returns alone as a tourist After a jarring start arriving at Ho Chi Minh City, he encounters a split vision in discovering a new and different country while searching for the old In his travels, Wilbur s narration reveals an internal journey that moves rhythmically between the now and then.Drawn back to the Mekong, he muses over its ancient river and rice culture, recalls the dark nights hunting for the VC along the great brown rivers, living through the TET Offensive, a fight to near death, promises broken, redemption and renewal among the irresistible humanity of a people torn by war and decades of oppression.The discovery of the North, the surprise of Hanoi, chance encounters and unusual coincidences create a vivid and vibrant montage Delving into the nation s complex, social, cultural and political history, Wilbur s journey makes you understand the country s bitter past, struggling present and hopeful future....
|Publisher||:||iUniverse, Inc June 14, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||284 pages|
|File Size||:||777 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Descriptions of Vietnam so accurate that you could smell, hear & see what the author was describing. A good book for all Americans to read & learn from.
Compelling, magnificent, a masterpiece!
For those interested in Viet Nam - and the scourge of that war on the psyche of both that country and the USA - this is a must read. Wilbur transports us with his observant, thoughtful and at times lyrical prose. He moves back and forth between then, and "now", with a fluid grace. If a portion of your life was consumed by this well-intentioned but ghastly conflict - you will be rewarded by Wilbur's soulful journey.