Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Sawyer, Anh Vu "Song of Saigon"

Sawyer, Anh Vu "Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom" - 2003

A highly interesting book. One of our members knew the author who was coming to visit this part of Europe, so we read the book and had a remarkable evening with a personality that you don't find that often.

Born in Vietnam, Anh Vu fled Saigon in 1975 with her family. She was a young medical student and had to start a new life in the United States. Her dramatic story of both her different lives can be an inspiration to us all. But the author doesn't just tell about the difficult sides, she is an active Christian and feels truly blessed.

A very touching story.

We discussed this in our book club with the author in April 2004.

From the back cover:
"In riveting detail, Anh Vu Sawyer recounts a childhood hanging in the balance as the chaos of the Vietrnam War threatens to tear her family apart. From the nightly rocket attacks that left her family trembling in fear to her father's lost glory as one of Ho Chi Minh's cadre to her harrowing exodus to freedom from the rooftop of the American Embassy, this is an inspiring memoir of unshakeable faith and survival that comes full circle when she returns to Vietnam nearly 25 years later on a very personal humanitarian mission."

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