Joyce S. (Dyersburg, TN)
Another view of the Vietnam War
A vivid and inside view of war time Vietnam that is not always pleasant reading. Connections and loyalties are constantly tested, questioned, and changing, for the principle characters. Ceaseless bombing creates an ever-changing landscape not unlike the changes occurring in the deepest parts of these people. I have a clearer view of what happened in Vietnam than I was ever able to obtain from my contemporary family and friends who served in that war. I also now 'get' why they chose not to speak of it much.
Joan B. (Ellicott City, MD)
The Man from Saigon
I read this book during the blizzard of 2010. The descriptions took me straight to the jungle heat, sounds, insects and terror. You really do not care who is on which side or what war is being waged. It is obvious how one can lose objectivity when the struggle for survival is so difficult. Susan , a journalist, showed common sense and passion. Her captors, Anh, Minh and Hien were as stoic as you might expect Vietcong soldiers to be. Marc, the American journalist, was suffering from the stress and fatigue of existing in the war zone. Son "the man" remains an enigma. Did I mention it was 1967 in Vietnam?
Jill S. (Eagle, ID)
The Man from Saigon
For those of us who grew up watching the Vietnam War on TV during dinner, I can honestly say that I would not have selected this book on my own. This powerful and gripping story of a female journalist who travels to Vietnam in 1967 to cover the war for a women's magazine will challenge your perceptions of the war. Leimbach has woven a number of contradictions in the book, and I'm still haunted by some of them. This story will stay with your for a long time!
Sandra L. (Delray Beach, FL)
The Man From Saigon
Ms. Leimbach's vivid descriptions of Vietnam and what it was like during the war are etched in my mind - as are her claustrophobic-inducing depictions of trekking through the jungle . It's as if the country is a main character. She very effectively touched on many aspects and frustrations of this time in history. Her characters were very real to me and I am still wondering who Son is....