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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam Paperback – October 3, 2006
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“[A] charming book . . . the volume contains a wealth of information about Vietnamese history and culture … an adventure book strung through with passages on selflessness and mindfulness, this volume is an excellent choice for readers interested in Vietnam and Buddhism.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is a magical, mesmerizing story; a complicated tale of Vietnam's anguished history, of healing and faith, and of a young boy's miraculous coming of age.” ―Ken Burns, director of Jazz and The Civil War
“When I had read the first few chapters of this engrossing biography, I had stopped a dozen times to recall my times in the Delta and the towns and villages that are mentioned in the book. By the time I had finished – I wanted to go back…. A thoroughly enjoyable read.” ―Captain E.G. Adams, The Air America Log
“Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is a great story about two simply good men. It is told simply, but simplicity should never be mistaken for a lack of emotional complexity, intellectual refinement, or overwhelming humanity. It is all that.” ―The Asian Reporter
“…an unputdownable tale, told in an intimate, oral style with an unassuming wisdom, a thrilling, Castaneda-like search for knowledge as well as a moving tribute to the most profound love between a father and son.” ―Nick DeMartino, University Bookstore, Seattle (selected as University Bookstore's 2004 Book of the Year)
Top Customer Reviews
The imagery in this book is rich and yet the writing is clear and light. Arranged into short chapters, each story unfolds, offering at times distant and at others close, a perspective on the many people key in Quang's life. Their stories weave in and out of one another, each carrying his or her own yin and yang of energy. As one of the other reviewers commented, it is a pity that the Vietnamese names were transposed into American name order as this makes it harder to recognize and remember the identities of the personalities. Also, some of the Vietnamese terms were mispelled. However, these are issues that can easily be corrected in future editions of the work. What Nguyen Van Quang and his co-author Marjorie Pivar should be remembered for is their tireless devotion to revealing with loving detail the flowers, fruits, flavors, and fauna that make Vietnamese life so distinctive.Read more ›
As an acupuncture student, Quang's journey had a lot similarities to that in which I'm encountering. It was amazing reading this book because every step of the way, you felt as if you were with him.
With mysticism/magic, acupuncture, herbs, ghosts, spirits, and myriad of characters, Fourth Uncle... is truly one of the greatest qutobiographies that I've read in a long time.
Quang learns Chinese medicine and pulse diagnosis from his father, and spells, charms and incantations from other teachers. The magic Quang learns or witnesses with those teachers is fascinating. The magic proves to be an effective manipulation of the physical world, altering events, demonstrating uncanny powers, and curing or creating illness. I realized our Western science is just another kind of magic, a magic that has been codified and generalized. This is reflected in our version of the objective world.
The wonder of this book is the humble and gentle way, through Quang's story of growing up in Vietnam, it presents us with an opening into seeing the world as truly a more varied and mysterious place than we had previously imagined.
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The story of a little boy, abandoned, in Vietnam, & adopted by a man, who is a "healer" & a doctor. Background is the French occupation of Vietnam, then the Vietnam War. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mimi
This book brought me to tears. We privileged Americans take so much for granted. This is an autobiography of a young boy growing up in Viet Nam before, during and after the Viet... Read morePublished 2 months ago by LauraLee
Fascinating, amazing and surprisingly believable to this skeptic. A friend who had visited the subject of the book for treatment loaned it to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hanuwoman
Well written, quick read. A good story about a Vietnamese herbalist family during the Vietnam' s French and Indochina war and the US war there.Published 6 months ago by William H
I found this memoir to be both magical and haunting. The story it tells took place during my lifetime yet seems to be straight out of tales from the Vedas or Bible with ancient... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shrewsbury Booklover
Awesome book! Learn life's lessons, hard knocks, wise-up or else .... some stories seem unreal but who really knows the other unseen possible dimensions?Published 9 months ago by Hauoli
I couldn't put it down
I believe I will have to meet him if I can. Truly amazing