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All Souls' Day Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1998

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The year is 1963, the place Southeast Asia. Discharged early from the U.S. Navy, Sam Malloy is estranged from America and running a hotel in Bangkok. His brother, Charlie, is in Saigon covering the Vietnam War for Time magazine. Anne Sinclair, a lovely, idealistic young assistant to the director of the U.S. Information Service, is becoming tormented by the lies she must write on behalf of the U.S. government. Charlie introduces Anne to Sam, and, to coin a phrase, the rest is history. They share their darkest secrets, commiserate about America's involvement in the war effort, and resolve to do something about it. Reminiscent of C.J. Koch's The Year of Living Dangerously, this is a tale of love, war, and disillusionment. The story is enhanced by the inclusion of real-life figures; fact and fiction blend to create a highly engaging story. Recommended for all collections.?Kimberly G. Allen, MCI Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's 1963, and Sam Malloy, attempting to put his haunting memories of the Vietnam War behind him, has settled in Bangkok, where he has imported seven neon-colored 1954 Buicks, which he hopes to rent out for big bucks. Anne Sinclair, working in the U.S. Information Service in Saigon, is growing increasingly disillusioned with the discrepancy between official press releases and secret documents detailing the American role in the war. Their love story is set against their struggle to come to terms with what they know about the war and what they can do to impact the events swirling around them. As in his previous historical novel, Motor City (1992), Morris incorporates real-life events (the Buddhists' self-immolation) and people (Marlon Brando, David Halberstam). Although the name and work of Graham Greene are regularly invoked, Morris' own characters are so amiable and good-hearted that there is no real or compelling moral conflict here. Still, Morris is an engaging writer who knows how to tell a story. Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380791161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380791163
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,522,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel, written in 1997, could not be read at a better time. Just as the US keeps sliding in to military adventures today, All Soul's Day presents an exciting fictional tour of how the Vietnam tragedy developed. As their Government is slipping and sliding into a political involvement that can only be described criminal, the stories characters try to make a stand against what they know is wrong. Bill Morris writes as if he has actually lived through the events he portraits and the line between fact and fiction emerges as a truley thin one. As patriotism and exile go hand in hand in this story, Morris provides his US readers with plenty of food for thought. May they be able to connect the dots.
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I've read probably thirty novels set in Thailand, and this is my favorite, and the only one I read twice.
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By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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This man is simply inadequate to the telling of this tale. The material is there, god know's it is, but in the hands of this writer it amounts to something less than nothing. To take matters of such central value to the culture and render them silly, faint and pretentious is to do less than nothing. The prime question is whether to feel worse at the wasting of the epic material or over the sloppy lunk-headed prose. This fella is clumsy but, it would seem, convinced that his clumsiness is actually a form of brilliance. May I suggest a semester at JUCO?
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