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This book spans an American woman’s twenty-five years of experience in Viet Nam. It is the story of the ordinary Vietnamese whom Americans fought against but never had the chance to know. Lady Borton has come to know these people intimately from her work there, first in a Quaker Service rehabilitation centre for civilian amputees in South Viet Nam (1969-71), and up to the present. AFTER SORROW centres on the last eight years, during which Lady made repeated visits to three villages on a former Viet Cony base in the Mekong Delta of southern Viet Nam, another a rice-farming commune in the Red River Delta of northern Viet Nam, and the third, Ha Noi, which the Vietnamese call their “largest village”. In this deeply moving memoir, Lady’s women friends recall their own roles in the struggles that climaxed in the American War. These are war stories of a kind we have not heard before: women’s stories of courage, guile, patience, and fate; of climbing mounts and hiding in rivers and capturing prisoners, of carrying rifles beneath vats of fish sauce in canoes, of mourning husbands, of thousands missing.

Published by Viking Penguin 1995, Lady Borton author, 304pp, hard cover, dust jacket, b/w photos.

Ex library copy with minor faults – a reasonably tidy copy.

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