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The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood Paperback – April 8, 2002
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I am lucky to have visited Vietnam in the late 90's and stayed in households there while researching for a documentary being made about an extended family. There are hundreds of thousands of stories like Nguyen's, varying in degrees of severity. I have heard some of these myself and seen the evidence of ruined lives and a ruined country. Those who tried to escape, Amerasian and just plain tormented Vietnamese alike, endured tales of suffering that once heard, you hope with all your heart you will never have to hear again in this world. Human cruelty exists. In extremes. Courageous writers like Kien Nguyen play an enormously valuable role in reminding those with privilege especially that we all choose to make of that fact what we will.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone. To Kien, if you happen to read this review, I know I could speak for many other Vietnameses currently live in the states: thank you for writing this remarkable story of your life in VN!
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I could not put this book down. The impact was so powerful it prompted my first book review. Mr. Nguyen gives us a fiercely honest account of living through the horrific... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What an unbelievable story. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Pinkie Martynski
Dark, moving, engrossing. I started reading it for class, I kept reading it because I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Scott R. Tidwell
I loved this book! What a story it is hard to believe this could happen. Couldn't put it downPublished 7 months ago by dirk koopman