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Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace

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At the age of twenty-four, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province. Two years later she was killed by American forces not far from where she worked. Written between 1968 and 1970, her diary speaks poignantly of her devotion to family and friends, the horrors of war, her yearn ...more
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Published September 11th 2007 by Books on Tape (first published 2005)
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This book broke my heart. It's not the first account I've read of a young woman in war, or in this war, but it's the first diary, and just the idea of keeping a diary in the middle of a war gets to me.

But first a note about how this book came to be, from the cover copy: The American officer who discovered the diary soon after Dr. Tram’s death was under standing orders to destroy all documents without military value. As he was about to toss it into the flames, his Vietnamese translator said to h
Kim M-M
Oct 23, 2008 Kim M-M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the last entry in her diary seemed particularly poignant. her last words tot he world... and she didn't know it. I kept thinking about her mother, and how she felt reading the diary years after Dang's death. Dang would read their letters and write responses to people in her diary, things she didn't tell them in her letters. such love she had. If she didn't like anyone, she wouldn't name them, but spoke about their actions. and those she loved, she always carried in her thoughts. such a loving ca ...more
William Graney
Apr 23, 2009 William Graney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole story of how this diary came to publication is very interesting and reading the diary is an experience I highly recommend.
Since it wasn't written with the intention of publication it can be choppy and repetitious at times as Thuy worked through her feelings towards war, love, family and her ethical code. Yet her constant self-examination and her evaluation of character traits in others cast light on the soul of someone who was very introspective and the philosophical closings of many
May 28, 2009 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, Vietnam War scholars, etc.
Shelves: memoir-of-a-sort
What I've noticed about most of the reviews of this book... is that they all mention the story of how the diary came to be published. They call that story interesting, intriguing, fascinating. And then there's the diary, where I see the words repetetive and never meant for publication mentioned a lot.

Basically, people don't want to give this a bad review because it is what it is. The story of a girl who died in the medical service of her country during the Vietnam War.

Maybe I don't have enough k
Sep 16, 2009 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 'little' book impacted me....and potentially a few other people in this no other. This is the diary of a young, idealistic doctor who worked, not near, but in the precise location where I was in Viet precisely the same time I was in Viet Nam....when she talks about the 'devil Americans'....that's ME! As I read the diary entries I realized, the day I arrived in Viet Nam was nearing....then I arrived....then I traveled to the small LZ north of Quang Ngai....then she wa ...more
Sandra D
Oct 27, 2008 Sandra D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, vietnam-war, women
Overwrought and gushingly emotional diary of a young female surgeon. I had hoped for a more straightforward accounting of life within the Viet Cong support system -- what American forces were up against -- but this wasn't it. I couldn't finish it.
Jan 22, 2009 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only rated this 3 stars - probably because it was, after all, two full years worth of diary entries. After the first 150 entries, one is reminded that this is a diary ...

However, the larger story is very provocative and the context becomes 5 star material. A young woman doctor from the North travels to the South to be a part of the medical teams in the war zone supporting the Viet Cong - our term - fellow Vietnamese, her term. She loves her country, both north and south, and was willing (volun
Nov 04, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s possible the diary of Thuy Tran, a Vietnamese doctor serving in the National Liberation Front army, is a good read in Vietnamese. In English it is… terrible. I tried hard to remind myself of the real life behind the narrative voice, of the fear and sacrifice, of her youth… but despite the evocative form (reading a diary feels like - maybe because it is? - an invasion) the writing is so terrible it’s distracting. I appreciate, too, that Thuy wasn’t a writer by trade and so my expectations fo ...more
Jul 31, 2008 +Chaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are not followers
Recommended to +Chaz by: National Public Radio
It seems that the more we understand our enemy, the more we see them functioning in their daily lives, the harder it is to kill them. Perhaps that is why we dehumanize them; how sad. Ms. Tram’s diary of living under a jungle canopy in the middle of a battle field is almost as eye opening for the Vietnam War, as “All Quite on The Western Front,” was for WWI and “The Diary of Ann Franks” during WWII. A young lady, a doctor gladly volunteering to serve her country to care for her wounded countrymen ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Phuong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to contain emotions-mine through hers. The diary hits me personally. I was born to the lullaby of this war. I grew up witnessing its savagery engulfing lives & humanity... Indeed, the diary has the fire within. Her words are raw & achingly vivid as she accounts amid the atrocities, annihilation & dehumanization of war the very core of human conditions, existence & veracity. Fate did deny her life. But chances & choices, death can't deny her. Her voice echoes et ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Pio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vietnamese
Một quyển sách ướt sũng, ấy là nếu có thể chuyển hóa cảm xúc trong quyển này thành nước.
Apr 22, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-memoir
In my sight, candor is always refreshing, even if the intended audience is only yourself. This educated, 25-year-old woman – although a doctor in extremely primitive circumstances and surrounded (view spoiler) by death – worried about what people thought about her, refrained from displays of affection in public for fear colleagues would whisper, felt the organization for which she worked sometimes failed to appreciate her for unfair reasons, was sometim ...more
Larry Bassett
Aug 12, 2011 Larry Bassett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, memoir
The excellent fifteen page introduction by Frances Fitzgerald of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace contains some incisive observations about the book, its meaning and its history and its origins. The book itself is a diary, an interior monologue by the main character Dang Thuy Tram, a mid twenty-something woman who is a new doctor in the midst of the war in Vietnam. Her job is to care for wounded Viet Cong soldiers just below the seventeenth parallel that divides the North and the South. She is surr ...more
Laura (booksnob)
Dang Thuy Tram was a doctor who lived and worked in Vietnam during the war. She left her family, became a member of the communist party and worked to heal members of the Vietcong army. During the Vietnam war Thuy kept a diary and wrote down her thoughts, her emotions and the daily tribulations of living and working during a war. She relates some of the history of Vietnam, the conflict with the French and her wish for peace and freedom. Only one diary out of three survives.

Dr. Tram is shot and ki
Oct 28, 2008 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 03, 2009 Kathie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truly-awful
I so wanted to read this book, being fascinated with everything Vietnam War....but was exceptionally disappointed. This person, (a doctor for heaven's sake!) did nothing but whine and pine for an unrequited love like a 12 year old school girl....I hated all of it!
Jul 08, 2014 Maureen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
I have tried twice to read this book, and twice found myself not really wanting to pick it up again once I set it down.

I don't blame the author- who writes their journal entries assuming they'll be published for everyone to read? I have just found the style of writing, and the author herself to be a little overly dramatic and overdone for my taste. I was hoping for an insightful glimpse into a war that I don't feel I know enough about, from the perspective of a Vietnam citizen. While politics a
I had high hopes for this book because I don't see a whole lot of novels or memoirs written by Vietnamese authors about the Vietnam War and this was one of the few I found. It is a very slow read for me. I'm having a hard time with the poetic nature of the book. Additionally, I find little substance regarding the war and the history of the war. The monotonous overtone of this person's reflection about herself and the men that she nurtured is a bit boring. I'm half way through the book and I find ...more
Teri Temme
Apr 30, 2016 Teri Temme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Powerful and moving account of a young Doctor in Vietnam - 1966 - 1970 (her death).
Apr 17, 2013 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading twenty or so pages of this diary I got the idea that it was written by a highly idealistic, overly-romantic young girl, and the rest of the book became too repetitive to offer further interest. It was only in the last few months of her life, as the US forces zoned in on her location that her writings changed enough to hold interest again. Overall, the diary is a worthy war artifact, and Thuy Tram's writing is accomplished, but I didn't find it satisfying in the way one expects of a ...more
Emer Martin
"The American officer who discovered the diary soon after Dr. Tram’s death was under standing orders to destroy all documents without military value. As he was about to toss it into the flames, his Vietnamese translator said to him, “Don’t burn this one. . . . It has fire in it already.” Against regulations, the officer preserved the diary and kept it for thirty-five years. In the spring of 2005, a copy made its way to Dr. Tram’s elderly mother in Hanoi. The diary was soon published in Vietnam, ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Monica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dh-book-club
This book is just diary entries and therefore very difficult to follow. Much of the time you are having to refer to the footnote to get a back story. I wish they would have put in some background information. I could not finish the book so I really have no idea how it all ended up.
Dec 03, 2007 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok i must admit that i did not finish this book. It was really a hard read. I know that it is someone diary so it will not be like most books but this one really jumped around a lot. she would be writing in first person then in mid sentence she would jump to third person.
Mike Wigal
Aug 11, 2014 Mike Wigal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It turns out I'd read this book previously. But it's a great read. A tough read. This young woman was a trained physician who "went south" to minister to the wounded NLF (aka Viet Cong). Although from an educated, well-to-do family her final years were tortured and tormented with few moments of relief from the presence of the American military forces, who in the end killed her. It's a heart rending book.

Not to get all political, but all the Vietnamese wanted was to live their lives without bein
Dec 23, 2015 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian, biography, vietnam
It is hard for me to know what to say about this book. The diary is so personal and private that it almost feels like an intrusion to be reading it.

It is unique as a record of the wartime experiences of an idealistic young doctor in the field, and from the perspective of a Viet Cong loyalist. Her emotions are raw, her empathy for her patients, her anger at her enemy are front and center. She is in many ways naïve, her romance with a distant young man more a fantasy than reality, but this is tota
Elena Grassi
C'è poco da dire su questo diario scritto da una volontaria che tra il 1968 e il 1970 prestò servizio medico tra le file del National Liberation Front in Vietnam: ti spezza il cuore. Scritto durante la guerra e mai terminato perchè Thuy venne uccisa dai soldati americani a 26 anni, questo diario è un terribile resoconto di emozioni, desideri, speranze che la povera Thuy non vedrà mai realizzarsi. Una giovane vita distrutta, una tra migliaia: dolore, morte, sofferenza e impotenza. Fa riflettere e ...more
Feb 18, 2010 Lynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, audiobooks
I was hoping for more details about her life working as a doctor in North Vietnam and less repetitive waxing about her position in the Communist Party.
Mr. Milli
Jan 12, 2016 Mr. Milli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great relief that this secret diary was recovered from the wreckage of the war in Vietnam. Through her letters, Đặng Thùy Trâm gives us a remarkable first-hand account of life during the conflict-- encapsulating moments of triumph, boredom, and ordinary horror. Today, the author is revered as a heroine in her country. Đặng Thùy Trâm possesses qualities that transcend political beliefs and barriers-- young, humble, and deeply devoted to her ideals, she acted selflessly to save her country ...more
La Lin
Dec 18, 2014 La Lin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ban đầu định bỏ vì có những cái nhìn mang tính cá nhân không giống Thùy Trâm cho lắm, và cũng từng nghĩ nó không có sức thu hút nhiều như lúc đọc nhật kí Anne Frank. May mắn thay, mình vẫn thử đọc tiếp và càng về sau càng xúc động. Lời viết mộc mạc, những vấn đề xoay quanh cứ lặp đi lặp lại: mất mát, nỗi nhớ nhung, tình cảm, cái chết,...sự lặp lại ấy không gây nhàm chán mà thật sự rất ám ảnh. Từng lấy hình ảnh Đặng Thùy Trâm làm dẫn chứng cho rất nhiều bài văn năm cấp hai vì có đọc được một đoạn ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Baljit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dang Truy Tram's diary during the Vietnam War documents her day to day experiences and emotions in 1968-70. She was a surgeon who worked under extreme conditions to treat the war injuries of her comrades. She was killed in 1970 and this diary was returned to her family in Vietnam 35 years later, where it was published and hailed as a best-seller. It certainly is an impoertant pice of history.

I could not really get inot the format of a diary as i could have with a novel, and I felt some of the em
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Đặng Thùy Trâm (born November 26, 1942, in Huế, Vietnam; died on June 22, 1970, in Đức Phổ, Quảng Ngãi Province, Vietnam) was a Vietnamese civilian doctor who worked as a battlefield surgeon for North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. At the age of 27, she was killed in disputed circumstances by Alien forces while traveling on a trail in the Ba Tơ jungle in the Quảng Ngãi Province of south-central V ...more
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