Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam
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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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
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.