Daughters of the River Huong
Daughters of the River Huong by Vietnam-born, Houston-based writer Uyen Nicole Duong is a richly woven tapestry of family, country, conflict, and redemption. A saga spanning four generations of Vietnamese women, we discover lives inextricably tied to their country’s struggle for independence.
Narrated by the teenaged Simone, a girl who flaunts convention and enters into a f...more
The narrative then goes back to Simone's great grandmother in central Vietnam in the days when there was still a king, tho under French occupation. The Mystique Concubine catches the eye of the king when she is a boat paddler with a ...more
The sections telling the tale of Simone's ancestors were wonderful to read. Also loved hearing about the changes in the country of Vietnam and getting a taste of what those changes did to the people who lived there.
The love story felt intrusive to the story of the ancestors, and was not enjoyable to read at all IMHO. If you are reading ...more
Daughters of the River Huong is the first book that I have read that takes place in Vietnam. I was initially planning on searching for a novel that tackled the Vietnam War as that is one of the most well-known topics on the country, but the plot of Uyen Nicole Duong’s novel suited my mood and I was very much intrigued by how it discussed parts of Vietnam’s history that aren’t that widely known.
The book was told from four different points of view, in varied settings and time ...more
The story was fine and I am not sorry that I read it. The premise was interesting and the writing good enough to hold my interest. I am not sure that I actually learned any more about the history of Vietnam, but that did not really matter. I fell ...more
So it was for Simone, who chose to save her family from the advance of the Viet Cong by offering herself to and marrying the journalist Christopher Sanders. It is a marriage that is not made in love, but out of necessity. And though Christopher loves Simone very much, she cannot bring herself to love him.
There a ...more
I always finish a book, good or bad! This is a hard book to read, had to force myself to return to it. Maybe it's the cultural differences or just the style of the author, it seemed to jump from character to time line. I found myself lured to one story only to be in the middle of a different story. Of course as an American we all know the tragic end of this story, yet we seem to be searching for the "rest of the story" so to speak. This was a frus ...more
Four women, four generations, one country
Mostly praise, few disappointments and a learning experience. It was a fount of new history information as regards Vietnam for me. Just makes me want to understand more. Compelling first generation heroine. Smart, had to adapt and did. Second generation, convictions and loyalty, but above all family. Third generation, barely sketched in. Weird, considering the character lives for a good long time. For me, the disap ...more
The tone is somewhat dreamlike, especiall ...more
Overall - I enjoyed it - and will probably come back ...more
I was looking for more historical content and characters who were engaging, I didn't quite get what I was after...
Only the 24hour train ride from Nha Trang to Hanoi got me through this book, if I had something else to do I'm not sure I would have made it.
I have donated this book to the book exchange at my hotel in Hanoi; I hope the next owner enjoys it more.
However I felt that there was a definite natural ending to the book and the author went well pass that.