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Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Vietnam #2019

Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Vietnam By Wayne Karlin Wandering Souls Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Vietnam On March First Lieutenant Homer R Steedly Jr shot and killed a North Vietnamese soldier Dam when they met on a jungle trail Steedly took a diary filled with beautiful line drawings from t
  • Title: Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Vietnam
  • Author: Wayne Karlin
  • ISBN: 9781568584058
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Vietnam By Wayne Karlin On March 19, 1969, First Lieutenant Homer R Steedly, Jr shot and killed a North Vietnamese soldier, Dam, when they met on a jungle trail Steedly took a diary filled with beautiful line drawings from the body of the dead soldier, which he subsequently sent to his mother for safekeeping Thirty five years later, Steedly rediscovers the forgotten dairy and begins to confrOn March 19, 1969, First Lieutenant Homer R Steedly, Jr shot and killed a North Vietnamese soldier, Dam, when they met on a jungle trail Steedly took a diary filled with beautiful line drawings from the body of the dead soldier, which he subsequently sent to his mother for safekeeping Thirty five years later, Steedly rediscovers the forgotten dairy and begins to confront his suppressed memories of the war that defined his life, deciding to return to Viet Nam and meet the family of the man he killed to seek their forgiveness.Fellow veteran and award winning author Wayne Karlin accompanied Steedly on his remarkable journey In Wandering Souls he recounts Homer s movement towards a recovery that could only come about through a confrontation with the ghosts of his past and the need of Dam s family to bring their child s wandering soul to his own peace.Wandering Souls limns the terrible price of war on soldiers and their loved ones, and reveals that we heal not by forgetting war s hard lessons, but by remembering its costs.
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    About "Wayne Karlin"

    1. Wayne Karlin

      Wayne Karlin has been called by Tim O Brien one of the most gifted writers to emerge from the Vietnam War He has written four previous novels in addition to his books with curbstone Crossover, Lost Armies, The Extras and US Karlin co edited the first anthology of Viet Nam war veteran fiction, Free Fire Zone, and in 1995, he co edited The Other Side of Heaven Post War Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers He is the series editor for Curbstone s Voices from Viet Nam series of contemporary fiction Karlin s novel, Prisoners, received the Paterson Prize for Fiction He lives in Maryland, where he teaches at the College of Southern Maryland.

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    1. Two young men meet on a jungle path one American, one North Vietnamese The American is quicker to react and kills the Vietnamese soldier A diary from the soldier makes it way eventually to the attic of the American s mother where it is left for three decades The deadly event on the path remained in the mind of the American who rediscovers the diary and sets out on a journey to return to Viet Nam to find the family of the young man he killed and to seek their forgiveness This book is a intensely [...]


    2. An engaging read, the author describes the fateful meeting of two men on opposite sides of the war on a secluded jungle path One died, and the other lived with the heavy burden and guilt for 30 years, before embarking on a journey of reconciliation with the family and relatives.It s not often that one walks in the shoes of one s enemy, and the author does exactly that meticulously describing the background and past of the two men, their upbringings and ideals and what motivated them to make the [...]


    3. I found the first half of this book completely engaging as we follow Homer through his tense battles in Viet Nam and the unfortuante death of the young North Vietnamese medic Dam However, the pace of the book slows down when Homer s tour of Viet Nam finshes The book then turns from a week by week battle diary into a soft, philosophical and emotional review It becomes quite heavy and drawn out until the inevitable meeting of Homer and Dam s family many years into the future While uplifting this b [...]


    4. Follows the story of a US soldier who killed a Vietnamese man in the war, stole the guy s diary and then 30 years later returns to Vietnam to give the diary back to the man s family This book is almost kind of like I can t belive that really happened kind of twist here and there, and is a fascinating look at Vietnamese culture, history and post traumatic stress for the US soldiers over the decades.



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