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A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
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With fifteen short stories in A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain Stories by Robert Olen Butler, this book takes you into the ordeals of the Vietnamese. The voices are young, old, and a diverse background. The mix brings alive and humanizes this often misunderstood period of our nation's history. A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain Stories by Robert Olen Butler movingly gives life to multilevel impact of the Vietnam War.

With this short story collection, some of the stories are good while others are poor. Some of the stories are extremely poignant and portray the frustrations and challenges of the Vietnamese successfully. The story "Cricket" was one of those for me - a father trying to reconnect with his son who has picked up American values. Although, some stories just cannot escape this dab, gloomy tone and atmosphere and were uninteresting.
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