The Vietnam War in Short Fiction Criticism: Other Authors And Works - Essay

Dình-Hoà Nguyên (review date winter 1994)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Nguyên, Dình-Hoà. Review of The Lonesome Moon, by Hoàng Thi Dáo-Tiêp. World Literature Today 68, no. 1 (winter 1994): 223-24.

[In the following review, Nguyên offers a favorable assessment of Hoàng Thi Dáo-Tiêp's The Lonesome Moon.]

The Lonesome Moon is a collection of short stories by the refugee writer Hoàng Thi Dáo-Tiêp, whose first novel, Dăm khuya (On the Road Late at Night; see WLT [World Literature Today] 67:1, p. 241), has been widely acclaimed by readers all over the world. The fourteen stories depict the lives of Vietnamese refugees from all walks of life, now busy making a living and trying hard...

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Gordon Weaver (essay date fall 1999)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Weaver, Gordon. “Allen Learst's Stories.” Literary Review 43, no. 1 (fall 1999): 77-9.

[In the following essay, Weaver praises the lack of sensationalism and melodrama in Allen Learst's “A Sheet, a Clothesline, a Bed” and “Shadowboxing.”]

Vietnam and its aftermath for those who experienced it has produced what can almost be called a fictional sub-genre, most of which is pedestrian, if not forgettable. One temptation for the writer embracing that topic is to wallow in the gore a sophisticated reader is already too familiar with from more popular entertainments. This can lead to sheer melodrama, wherein the author overcharges the language used to...

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Judie Newman (essay date winter 2001)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Newman, Judie. “Napalm and After: The Politics of Grace Paley's Short Fiction.” Yearbook of English Studies 31, no. 1 (winter 2001): 2-9.

[In the following essay, Newman elucidates Grace Paley's anti-Vietnam politics and discusses the impact of her political views on her short fiction.]

I object not to facts but to people sitting in trees talking senselessly, voices from who knows where.

(‘A Conversation with my Father’)1

Grace Paley's commitment to political radicalism has never been in much doubt. Comparatively few contemporary writers have accompanied American POWs home...

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