There are some heart-warming and heart-breaking stories in this collection. "The Stone Boy" story is particularly moving while "The Lone Pink Fish" was a little challenging because it dealt with the great hardships of the refugees fleeing Vietnam during the conflict in the 1960s. If nothing else, this book may help the reader search for their inner compassion in understanding that there were a great many people who were trying to scratch out a living (or bare bones survival) during a most unfortunate time in Vietnam's history. And while there is still definitely great trauma that servicemen in the US still deal with even today, there is an equal amount of suffering that was experienced and has continued into subsequent generations in Thay's homeland.
Thich Nhat Hanh has again gone well above my expectations. When i first received this literature i was not excited about the idea of reading fiction on this topic, even though it was written by one of my favorite authors. However, these amazing short stories illustrate fundamental Buddhist teachings in a very creative, new, & fun format.
Anything written by this gentleman is useful and instructive for Western readers. This is a series of short stories by a wonderful man who was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. The stories are wonderful and have short notes in the back that are references to give the reader information on the inspiration for the subjects. What a truly great read by my favorite unassuming Buddhist writer!