Laos 1969. Alisak, Prany e Noi sono tre adolescenti amici da sempre, nati in un piccolo villaggio, dove le case erano così vicine e i muri così sottili che tutti sentivano i respiri di tutti. Rimasti orfani e accomunati dalla necessità di sopravvivere in un luogo estremamente pericoloso, si rifugiano in un ospedale bombardato, dove incontrano Vang, un medico votato alla cura e al sollievo dei civili feriti. I ragazzi lo aiutano lavorando come corrieri, guidando motociclette di fortuna tra campi pieni di granate inesplose, sotto l’incessante, indiscriminato fuoco di fila che scende dal cielo. In un mondo in cui il paesaggio e le strade sono diventate un mare di bombe, li seguiamo nella loro vita quotidiana, fin quando Vang troverà loro posto sugli ultimi elicotteri che lasciano il paese. Una mossa dalle conseguenze irrevocabili che li porterà su strade diverse, e diversamente impervie, in giro per il mondo.
Intrecciando vite e storie percorse dalla bellezza e dalla crudeltà, Paul Yoon ci regala un romanzo che è insieme uno straordinario documento storico e un’intensa analisi del potere della speranza, della perseveranza e della grazia.
- ISBN: 8833933539
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 224
This is a novel about friendship and war and trauma and separation and suffering, how people try to maintain their humanity even when they are treated like animals. The first section is gloriously good and overall, this is an outstanding novel. I admire the elegance of the structure. With each progr Leggi tutto
This novel starts out in Laos in 1969 and revolves around three orphan teenagers. Prany, his younger sister Noi and their friend Alisak. We are quite quickly immersed into the storyline of these three as they ride their motorcycles across bomb laden fields. They have been hired by Yang, the medical
I have read and been moved by the beautiful writing and affecting stories by Paul Yoon with two other books, one a novel and one a collection of stories, but this one - omg - is just so stunningly horrific and beautiful at once! It’s eye opening, shedding light on a conflict in Southeast Asia, not V Leggi tutto
Breathe in. Breathe out. One more time: Breathe in. Breathe out. Another book crushed my soul and sledgehammered and stabbed my heart several times. Another stunning, emotional, heartbreaking reading. Normally I have high pain tolerance and I never mind reading gory, crude, dark stories but this boo Leggi tutto
Powerful and intense, the war i bomb torn Laos is brought to life in the stories of three teenagers. Alisak, Prango and Noi, along with the doctor Vang are first introduced to the reader as they are working in an old farmhouse converted to a hospital. Outside is a field strewn with land mines. These Leggi tutto
This was a very intense, heartbreaking, yet beautiful book. The struggle of three teenage orphans to survive in Laos, beginning in 1969. Tons of bombs were being dropped and many of them never detonated..a state of constant danger. The three...Alisak, Prany and his sister Nori, friends and neighbors f Leggi tutto
Alisak, Prany, and Noi were paid in American dollars for helping keep the ward clean and for assisting people who were trying to save as many civilians as possible in a war that had been going on in various forms for most of their lives. Alisak and Prany were 17 years old -in the fall- of 1969. Noi w Leggi tutto
Three orphans struggle to survive amid the relentless bombing of Laos. The bombs leave in their wake death, carnage and unexploded remnants making travel by foot or vehicle a potentially deadly undertaking. And, the sky: The hopelessness reflected in a sky obliterated by bombing. A partially visible Leggi tutto
!! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars A story that spans decades, and yet still manages to gracefully intertwine these different times and places together with beauty and a simple elegance through the storylines of Alisak, Prany and Noi – three young teenagers whose lives and families have been torn apart in Leggi tutto
3 orphans who have come together finding themselves in the worn torn country of Laos. Taken in by a doctor in a make shift hospital. Running errands as a means of survival. Then being separated and recalling the lives they had - a family that formed after losing their first one. A story of loss of co Leggi tutto
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