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The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir

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With all the breathtaking imagery and lyric fury that characterizes his acclaimed poetry, Bruce Weigl recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and in return gave him his poetic voice. Upon his release from duty he turned to alcohol, drugs, and women, living for years in a confused purgatory until he discovered salvation in poetr ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2001 by Grove Press (first published 2000)
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Todd Crawford
Mar 23, 2013 Todd Crawford rated it really liked it
Not gonna lie, I was assigned this book for a college-level Creative Writing class and I had little-to-no interest in it. I had things going on in my life and why should I bother reading this book I've never heard of when there are so many classics out there I've been meaning to pick up for years now?

In the end, I read this book in a short two days and was really impressed with Weigl's style. His story of coming to love a country his native land invaded is interesting and there are quite a few s
Sep 02, 2011 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Vietnam veteran and poet of the Vietnam War, Bruce Weigl writes his autobiography. Surprisingly, the least interesting part of the story is his successful effort to adopt a Vietnamese girl. The middle of the book about a female babysitter who would rub against him sexually and his stories about Vietnam were far better. Way too much time was spent on a visa that was wrongly stamped. But I was totally involved in his life story otherwise.
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Read for my Vietnam travel seminar. Also got to meet the author, who is incredibly friendly and funny in person.

I loved the circular structure of this book--it wasn't a simple circle, but circled back on itself many times over.
Patricia Murphy
Oct 11, 2011 Patricia Murphy rated it really liked it
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It was deceptive in a way. Felt simple in language and in narrative. But by the end I realized how carefully crafted it was. I could have read 100 more pages.
Nancy Owen
This is one of my favorite memoirs--a grappling with the horror of war and the pain of childhood by an award-winning poet.
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