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Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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The novel begins in 1994 with the decision of Dr. Han Thieu, who is terminally ill with cancer, to secretly take her own life. She does this in the belief that it will spare her family the impact of her drawn-out death. The chapter alludes to the main characters in the novel and to the traumas that her family has already und
Paperback, First Edition, 223 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Deux Voiliers Publishing (first published September 26th 2011)
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Sarah Lane
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended!

Soldier, Lily, Peace & Pearls is a story that spans multiple decades and continents as it tells the story of a family of boat people from Indochina, who eventually make their way to Canada. An epic and well-executed novel of ambitious scope, this story is at its heart about the wisdom of kindness, no matter what darkness and trauma life may bring.

"Life is a shell,
That we must fill,
With kindness,
Only love brings us,
Out of the shell,
Only death,
Closes it on us,
For eternity.”

Alex Binkley
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls by author Con Cu tells the tale of the Thieus, a Vietnamese family who fled the post war chaos of their country for a fresh start in Canada. The author also gives us an unsettling reminder of the physical and mental devastation that war leaves on civilian populations. Think of other conflicts in more recent years—Central Africa, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Venezuela and the Ukraine—where millions of people died or fled the same kind of violence and bl ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review – ‘Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls.’ by Con Cú

An eloquent mix of the beauty and horror of life, and the triumph of human spirit amidst the tortuous and bloodier wars of recent times. A lively exploration of the human traits of hidden desires and profound love intertwined with the numbing atrocities that arise during war and corruption. Relationships span both exotic and familiar locales, a brilliant mosaic of human diversity and experience.

Life’s wisdoms are revealed through golden nugg
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This first novel is a web of relationships, following the links of romance, passion, and hardship between two families from Cambodia and Vietnam, and then with key players in Vancouver, Montreal, and even Germany. It opens with the death of Han Thieu, an end for her but a beginning for the reader as there are enough teasers given that we want to unravel the threads connecting to her. The web of relationships is spread out over a backdrop of war, of atrocities and injustices. We move from the Khm ...more
Nicole Chardenet
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Soldier, Lily, Peace & Pearls is the kind of story that appeals to me these days - people who are in way worse circumstances than I overcoming the odds. I also found it historically interesting in that I remember the days of the Vietnamese 'boat people', and our church "adopted" a Vietnamese family around 1980 or so. This story gives me a better idea of what they must have gone through. The scene where the little girl needs to make a lightning-quick life-of-death decision for the survival of her ...more
Cindy Smith
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerfully written book that follows the lives of 4 young people. They meet when South Vietnam falls and tells their struggles to escape to a new life. It is the story of love, honor, bigotry and hate. The abuse of power by the conquerors and also by the people who are supposed to be aiding in the rescue attempts. By incorporating Rwanda and the Gaza strip, Con Cu has shown that these traits are universal. I loved his statement that individuals are responsible for their own acts, entir ...more
Martin Bueno
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: Soldier, Lily, Peace & Pearls, by Con Cu
A heartwarming story of an educated family transcending the violence of war-torn Vietnam to North America. Con Cu writes with compassion and understanding following the lovely Minh Chau from childhood to maturity; from Indochina to Canada. The novel’s plotline weaves and intersects as it deftly explores the depth of all its characters. When I finished reading Soldier, Lily – I felt like I had made friends with a Vietnamese family.
Martin Bueno, auth
Lannguyen v.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having experienced the Vietnam War first hand, I find this novel authentic and the characters believable. Kudos to the author for his thorough historical research and fine understanding of the Vietnamese mentality. In a mere 200+ pages, the novel succeeds in capturing the turbulent spirits of those years. This is an accomplishment not many writers can claim!
Ian Shaw
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This story spans many countries and many people's lives. Con Cú provides poignant insight into the human condition with his scholarly ear on world history and politics while telling a tale of several brave souls who were forced to face serious hardships in the struggle to escape their occupied country. Also depicted are glimpses of hardened villains and the raw depravity of the human race, and yet moments of passion and endearing tenderness mixed with au
Ian Shaw
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a touching story with the potential of becoming a much loved classic.
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Could not get into this book. Sorry. Have to give up.
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