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Three Moons in Vietnam: A Haphazard Journey by Boat and Bicycle Paperback – January 2, 1997

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Frank, engaging and at times hilarious. EASTERN DAILY PRESS Maria Coffey has a good eye, a real fondness for the country and describes it well. FINANCIAL TIMES

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (January 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349107386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349107387
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,970,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LinhVu on May 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hello, my name is LinhVu.
I am deeply touched by The Three Moons in Vietnam. For me, it's not just a guide book for tourists, but a very profound story about my country which I left in 1980 and never return back. Throughout the book, I can revisit my beautiful country, its culture in its very essence and see how my people survive after so many terrible years in the last half of the century. I refound the pictures of my friends, of my family and sometimes a reflection of myself, imagining each ancient city where I had lived, each dirty road I had passed by, each beautiful resorts I have stayed and especially, people that I always had in my mind. I read the book with tears in my eyes and of course, laughs too. I really love the simple style, the sweet heart of the author, her sincerity and especially the humour she patched up now and then into the stories. It's ashame that a native Vietnamien like me still don't have enough detailed knowledges about my country,its history, its marvellous landscape and its people til I read this book. Even there are not much, those details of history surprise me a lot throughout the book and make me very happy. Strongly recommend not just for tourists, but for all Vietnameses who still have a heart for their country too.
Linh Vu
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Felix Wong on November 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked a (er, one of the many counterfeited) copies of this book during a 3-week vacation in Vietnam. I was still reading the book months after I left, despite being an avid reader and known for staying up all night to read books in one sitting.

The problem is the book is fairly dull, and very much contrived. Mrs. Coffey mentions in a number of places in the book that the entire reason for going to Vietnam and taking the "path less traveled" is to write a book about it. One can't help but roll his eyes, then, when the same story line is repeated over and over:

1. The author and her husband try to travel via non-tourist boat to some destination.
2. The locals and guides they approach are reluctant to, citing police concerns, despite the author and her husband waving lots of cash at them like ugly Americans.
3. Mrs. Coffey and her husband insist, and off they go.
4. They often have to hide, because (as they were warned) the police come. (roll eyes)
5. They get sick, or lost, or face lots of discomfort, because after all, they are hiding on some small boat where they should not be. (roll eyes)

Then Mrs. Coffey complains a lot, completely relies on her husband to do all the asking for directions/getting on a boat etc., even though the whole trip was her idea.

Despite Mrs. Coffey being a professional writer, her writing became tiresore and, frankly, a chore to read. This is coming from someone who was particularly interested in how she perceived various locales in Vietnam, especially the ones I had just visited. A disappointing read. The only good thing is that I had not wasted $ on a "legit" copy of the book!
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This book was recommended to me by a lady who sat next to me on a plane, returning from our trip to Viet-nam. I loved re-visting some places in the country where we had been and seeing them in an entirely different way. We were with a tour group, so our time and cultural experience was limited. I admire Maria and her husband's courage, strength, and tenacity to travel by boat and bicycle through this beautiful country unknown to them and to live among the people for several months. This truly was a great cultural experience for them and one for me too, through reading their book.
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By kenneth jost on November 24, 2012
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Three Moons in Vietnam is a very good travelogue with insights about Vietnam along with the account of her adventure.
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