Novel Without a Name

by Thu Huong Duong

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Last Updated September 5, 2023.

Novel Without a Name tells the Vietnam war story from a Vietnamese point of view. In fact, it goes even deeper and reveals the experience form a soldier's perspective. Quan, the main character, joins the Vietnamese army together with his two childhood friends, Bien and Luong, hoping to make a difference in his home country. However, the war with the Americans takes a toll on him, and he loses all sense of belonging or hope. Quan witnesses the death of many of his colleagues and innocent civilians. In the end, he comes to the conclusion that the war was only meant to benefit those in power. As he stares at an American soldier captured by his comrades, he realizes that even this soldier is a victim of a war with no meaning. The novel leaves the reader thinking and questioning the logic behind war.

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