in the shadow of green bamboos

Title: In the shadow of Green Bamboos

Author: C L Hoang

# of pages: 198

Genre: Short Stories

Date of publication: 23rd October 2020

Short stories are usually under-appreciated, and they deserve more spotlight. They are, on the contrary, are very refreshing and takes you away from the monotony of reading novels.

This short story collection has taken me by surprise and is heart kindling.

Six unrelated stories with one common theme of the Vietnam war.

Times of war are brutal and wreaks havoc on the life of an average person. The characters in the book found love and courage, and some lived their lives with innocence unshaken by the war.

War theme stories are usually heartbreaking. Hoang’s book shows that even though war can tear families and lives apart, but sometimes, they bring people and emotions together.

All the six stories are touching, but the titular story captures the most attention. Elise and Dean are married for more than five decades. They kept missing each other during the war, but they found each other moved to America. The story is beautiful where the reader can see their relationship is filled with love, respect and their lives are encapsulated in the warmth of their love. There is also a sense of mystery in the story which makes it the best.

Each of the stories has penned down by Hoang portrays affectionate emotions of people.

Six stories are the expressions which transcend the atrocities of war. Love is not fearful, love has the courage, and it makes you feel secured at the face of trouble. It’s love for a friend to see the hero of the war monument. It’s a love for a pet and gives him the freedom that a child cannot have amid the war.

Hoang’s book looks at the positivity at the face of hostile times because sometimes deep and loving comes out of something awful. It’s a book that takes you on a walk down the memory lane of bygone days.

It is recommended for contemporary fiction fans.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About the Author

In the shadows of green bamboos a book review

C. L. Hoang was born and raised in Viet Nam during the war and came to the United States in the 1970s. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earns his living as an electronic engineer, with eleven patents to his name. Books, history, and travel are his hobbies. 

His first book, “Once upon a Mulberry Field,” is an award-winning novel set in Viet Nam at the height of the war. It is followed by “Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees,” the travelogue of his 2016 return trip to the ancestral homeland and a former Amazon #1 New Release in Vietnam Travel Guides.

His newly released (October 2020) book is titled “In the Shadow of Green Bamboos,” a collection of remarkable tales of love and hope, resilience and survival, from the Vietnam War.

“Once upon a Mulberry Field” won the Bronze Medal for Cultural Fiction in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Award and received Honorable Mentions for Fiction in the 2015 Eric Hoffer Literary Award and in the Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Book Awards (2014). The book is also the Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards (Historical Literature Fiction), as well as the Fiction Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest, and a Finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (Historical Fiction). 

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