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Uan Barry’s luminous fiction debut brings us the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification a child gifted with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead   At the peak of the war in Vietnam a baby girl is born along the Song Ma River Beautiful This is a prime example of how a poet excels in the novel form The poetry gracefully occurred throughout the book I cannot emphasize enough the sheer gorgeous language found in this bookThe story is magical and gripping It tells of French colonialism in Vietnam and later of the American war as well as a bit afterI must mention my appreciation for this book especially its placing the Vietnam experience of that period in some context and shedding light on that history portraying both north and south tensions and perspectives and including elements about the ethnic minorities of Vietnam and about neighboring Cambodia and Laos Lastly I so appreciated how non English languages were handled For instance a Russian statement simply occurs in Cyrillic writing An explanation or contextual clue followsI m keeping this book and glad that I had purchased it

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She Weeps Each Time You're Born

On the night of the full moon This is Rabbit who will journey away from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war Here is a Vietnam we’ve never encountered before through Rabbit’s inexplicable but radiant intuition we are privy to an intimate version of history from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plan This review first appeared in the Los Angeles Times s a true dumb American confession I have a hard time with historical novels that take place outside of the US I m not much of a history buff and I find it takes a skillful engaging author to both situate and dazzle me with beauty at the same time uan Barry as it turns out is just that kind of author In her debut novel She Weeps Each Time You re Born the Saigon born poet guides us through the history of modern Vietnam with a deft mix of folklore magical realism and stories of struggle and hardship that feel yanked right out of historyThe book spans three turbulent decades beginning with the unusual birth of a girl named Rabbit along the Song Ma River at the height of the Vietnam War under the full rabbit moon six feet below ground in a wooden box her mother s hands cold as ice overhead the bats of good fortune flitting through the dark By 2001 when the narrative ends she has become a living legend in a silvery room inside Rabbit s head she hears and acknowledges the voices of the deadAnd Vietnam is filled with these dead their bodies and ghosts and voices It s a nation of people who have been dying from war for over a thousand years Everywhere their faces buried in the road The novel is framed by a chorus of the dead each chapter introduced with their eerie narration They unroll the developing legend of Rabbit the folklore and spirituality of Vietnam They observe and they wait So many of us still here sleeping in the earth until someone decides it is time to sort us out and take us homeDeath pervades every section of the novel which is structured around vivid snapshots of Rabbit s life at critical moments of Vietnam s history She and her family flee south after the end of the war people pushing south as if just the word south could save them they try to escape with a crew of Cambodian refugees She listens to both the living and the dead and other narratives embed themselves in her experience her grandmother s time at a rubber plantation in the days of French Indochina an ex prisoner s trials at a re education campRabbit s gift allows her to bring a measure of peace and resolution to the rustling dead The simple act of someone hearing them an acknowledgment and then they can go wherever it is they go Her acknowledgment is humane and apolitical and as her psychic abilities bring her to prominence she poses a threat to the war s northern victors who would rather ignore the southern deadThe novel is haunting and beautiful its power multiplied by Barry s mastery of language Her prose reads at times like poetry the innumerable flames like a flock of moons the sound of the bees thrumming a dark electricity at other times it pierces clear and spare Nobody said anything And with that they began to suspect one another She pulls off both a mystical talking parakeet and a page long sentence written in the second person both tricks I know better than to try at homeWith She Weeps Each Time You re Born Barry does her own part in acknowledging her homeland s dead Like Rabbit she taps into history and makes sure they are not forgotten Through her voice they are counted their stories told Our only task is to listen

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Tations through the chaos of postwar reunification With its use of magical realism Rabbit’s ability to “hear” the dead the novel reconstructs a turbulent historical period through a painterly human lens This is the moving story of one woman’s struggle to unearth the true history of Vietnam while simultaneously carving out a place for herself within i i m obsessedok see this book is beautifully written which isn t a surprised considering the author s a poet but it s also beautiful because it s so comprehensive in its articulation of vietnamese history sans americanisms it tells of a history long before the americans came and long after they leftit s a book about VIETNAM and i like history written in such a poetic opaue style because i m captured by the country its history and its people i know jack about vietnam aside from the vietnam war and i feel compelled to learn and THE SYMPATHIZER is on my tbr and I can t waitalso the SEA region is so popular among western solo backpackers because it offers really budget friendly travel and i m a travel enthusiast myself so i ve obviously been low key planning a huge trip around SEA for awhile but now i think i need to take a step back one day when i walk in vietnam i need to acknowledge being american and understand being vietnamese metaphorically bc i am not actually vietnamese have no ties to vietnam whether as a northerner a southerner an ethnic minority or otherwise i need to really feel it in the all encompassing way that rabbit hears the dead


10 thoughts on “She Weeps Each Time You're Born

  1. says:

    they had begun calling her Rabbit naming her for the full moon that had licked her clean The rabbit with its innocence its youthfulness its long bright ears that hear everything in the realms of both the living and the dead Rabbit because the world is full of rabbits Rabbit because by sheer force of numbers the rabbit walks among us unnoticed but pandemicBorn in the war ravaged country of Vietnam Rabbit is pull

  2. says:

    Beautiful This is a prime example of how a poet excels in the novel form The poetry gracefully occurred throughout the book I cannot emphasiz

  3. says:

    XXX I received this novel as a Goodreads Giveaway from Alfred A Knopf Penguin Random House and uan Barry Thank you so muc

  4. says:

    It's obvious uan Barry writes poetry this book is filled with poetic imagery Once I started it I could barely put it down It reminds me of One Hundred Years Of Solitude with flashes of magical realism as well as how it follows the cha

  5. says:

    Poetic and mystical a story of Vietnam and its people from the French occupation through the VietnamAmerican war This is the story of a girl Rab

  6. says:

    This review first appeared in the Los Angeles Times 's a true dumb American confession I have a hard time with historical no

  7. says:

    I really wish that Goodreads would let you use half stars to rate books because I feel like 3 stars is mediocre which this book is not but I have trouble giving it 4 This is not really one of those couldn't put it down reads On the contrary you have to take your time and really concentrate There is minimal punctuation which can be confusing

  8. says:

    i'm obsessedok see this book is beautifully written which isn't a surprised considering the author's a poet but it's also beautiful because it's so comprehensive in its articulation of vietnamese history sans americanisms it tells of a history long before the americans came and long after they leftit's a book about VIETNAM and i like history written in such a poetic opaue style because i'm captured by the country its

  9. says:

    Ok uite honestly I'd give this 15 stars It wasn't bad enough for me to uit listening but I didn't really enjoy it I reserve 1 stars for books I can't finish I do believe this books suffered from me reading it as an audio book as I didn't really like the reader and the book jumped around in time and was uite confusing in audio I may edit this review after the book group maybe I missed something But I doubt it

  10. says:

    The writing was exuisite I would want to read passages to Dave listen to this sentence its magical The author is a poet and this is her first n

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