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Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In the fall of 1992, James Sullivan travels to Vietnam to bicycle from Saigon to Hanoi. He has just finished graduate school and has an assignment to write a magazine story about a country that is still subject to a U.S. trade embargo. But in Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, the planned three-month bike trip takes a detour. Here, in a city spliced by the famed Per ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Picador
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Sandy
Feb 16, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
This is a poignant and sweet book about Love in a communist country... one filled with phenomenal bureaucracy and contradictions, excuses and non-sequitors. Jim - the memoir's protagonist - is deeply smitten with Thuy, the lovely Vietmanese girl he is engaged to. She cares for him too but her life and his are deeply conflicted by her uncertainy about leaving Vietman and his about being there wooing her. And then there are the competing interests of Dich, another suitor who is a bureaucratic and ...more
Rick
Sep 05, 2014 Rick rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this story because it didn't strike me as extraordinary and I felt unsympathetic to the author's voice. for non-fiction I typically need one of those aspects to keep me interested.
Kristin
Feb 22, 2016 Kristin rated it it was ok
DNF, actually. I like the writing on a sentence-by-sentence basis, but I was put off by Sullivan's handling of time sequencing. Only for a truly stellar book am I willing to untangle a narrative that bounces around in time.
Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing
A memoir by a young American man who made a bicycle trip through Vietnam with a college friend in the late 1990s and became entranced by a young Vietnamese woman he met in Hue. He returns to court her and struggles with cultural differences, other suitors, and the government bureaucracy.
Gail
Mar 24, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the writing style of Sullivan and learning a little about vietnamese culture.
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