What Do I Read Next?
Tim O’Brien is another writer of Butler’s generation who served in Vietnam. He has also written a collection of interconnected stories, The Things They Carried. These stories focus on a platoon of foot soldiers, recounting their experiences in Vietnam and afterwards.
The author of the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and Platoon, Michael Herr covered the Vietnam War for Esquire magazine. Many people consider his book Dispatches (1991) to be the best account of the Vietnam War.
Henry Roth’s 1934 novel Call It Sleep tells of the experience of a young Jewish immigrant living in a ghetto in New York. After years of going unnoticed, critics and scholars rediscovered the book in the 1950s, and today it is viewed as a modern classic.
Le Ly Hayslip’s When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (1993) details her experiences during the Vietnam War, describes her journey to the United States, and chronicles her return to her homeland in 1986 to search for her family. Hayslip recounts the terrible ordeal that she underwent during this period and also demonstrates the strength that got her through it.
Sorrow of War (1996) by Bao Ninh is the first novel to tell about the war from a North Vietnamese perspective. This quasi-autobiographical story tells about a North Vietnamese infantryman who is trying to purge his horrible memories through the act of writing.
Le Minh Khue’s short stories are collected in The Stars, the Earth, the River (1997). These are fourteen stories that center on the Vietnam War. It is the first volume in the Voices from Vietnam series.
The Other Side of Heaven: Post-War Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers (1995), edited by Wayne Karlin et al., gives alternate views of the war and its effect on the Vietnamese and the American societies, residents, and cultures.