Run Me to Earth
Alisak, Prany, and Noi—three orphans united by devastating loss—must do what is ...more
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The struggle of three teenage orphans to survive in Laos, beginning in 1969.
Tons of bombs were being dropped and many of them never detonated..a state of constant danger.
The three...Alisak, Prany and his sister Nori, friends and neighbors from the same village are left to care for each other and they end up at a bombed out hospital where they learn to care for patients and make runs for hospital supplies on motorcycles. There is an ...more
Alisak and Prany were 17 years old -in the fall- of 1969.
Noi was a year younger. They had spent three years surviving the rainy seasons and strangers. They wandered the country finding work where they could, ( riding motorbikes and helping at the hospital), ...more
A story that spans decades, and yet still manages to gracefully intertwine these different times and places together with beauty and a simple elegance through the storylines of Alisak, Prany and Noi – three young teenagers whose lives and families have been torn apart in 1960s Laos.
Loss is their original bond, these three who soon become their own family, each quietly reliving a conglomeration of memories they can neither forget nor truly share. And yet, still, in order to survive, ...more
It begins with three teenage orphans Alisak, Prany, and Noi who scavenge supplies and help a farmhouse-turned-medical facility in exchange for money, shelter, and food. They risk going ...more
Run Me to Earth tells the story of three children in Laos, orphaned by war, who work together as couriers for a "freelance" field hospital run by a very independent doctor. As ...more
The Vietnam War is a sad and lonely smear on America, affecting so many men and women who served their country then came home broken and crippled to an angry mob who blamed them individually for the actions of a political machine.
Paul’s book pulls back the curtain on the people who called the war-ravaged country ...more
The writing of this book is beautiful--Yoon has a knack for constructing his world all around you. I did find myself questioning the organization of the story, as well as ...more
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions—equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years – making...more
I was shocked and devastated to learn about the American CIA's role in the conflict and aftermath of the war in Laos. I cannot even fathom living through the conditions that these orphans and other Laotians lived through. ...more
In 1969 a secret bombing mission devastated the people and land of Laos. Paul Yoon's novel, Run Me to Earth, focuses on three young orphans, Alisak, Prany, and Noi. The young teenagers came from villages near the famous Plain of Jars, close to Phonsavan. The kids' savior is a doctor, Vang, who gives them shelter in a once opulent house owned by a French ex-pat who has since fled the area.
Alisak, Prany, and Noi use motorcycles left behind ...more
This book focuses on the impacts of the war in Southeast Asia following the stories of lost and made families from 1969 – 2018. The stories are borne of tragedies and hardship, of class, war, violence and immigration. The characters' stories of love, generosity, reinvention, and memory are compelling. (I am a very slow reader and read the book in two days.) The impact of early relationships with family and neighbors and ...more
A recipient of a 5 under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, he is ...more