The Dark Journey: Inside the Reeducation Camps of Viet Cong (Anglais) Broché – 15 février 2010
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It must be about the contents rather than attacking the author.
Mr. Trinh Quoc Thien himself is dishonest man when he claimed that he is a lawyer. We don't know how a lawyer could write the inappropriated comments the way people use to judge a person based on the irrelevant details.
At least, the book is helpful for those who want to know how life in Communist Concentration was. The world must be awarded of the Communists' crime against their people.
Mr. Trinh Quoc Thien, don't behave like a child!
(1) The topic. Hoa was interned in several communist "re-education" camps, a misnomer. They were more like work-and-death camps run by the Vietcong (South Vietnamese Communists). The prisoners are South Vietnamese military men. They are constantly starved, overworked, and tortured. As the chapters proceed, one realizes that some men do not make it out of the camps alive.
(2) The writing. Hoa transliterates quite a bit, so there is a definite "Vietnamese voice." There are idioms such as "stupid donkey" that makes the reader cringe. Hoa clearly describes the Vietcong captors as uneducated, rather evil persons without personalities. This is easily understood. He intersperses his personal narrative with historical data that sound at times like they were plagiarized and at other times off-color opinions due to his bias. The English is sub-par and needs a lot of work to be readable.
(3) The bias. I cannot help but feel for the author that he has a deep-seated resentment toward his captors and the Vietcong involvement in the Communist North regime. However, an enlarged magnanimity would have made the reading more enjoyable. Insights into the plight of the military officers, not just their treatment, would have been useful.
(4) The plagiarism. There are passages that syntactically do not sound like Hoa wrote them. I am dismayed that an educated officer, albeit one whose native language is not English, should have to resort to plundering other authors' stylistic narratives to enhance his own. Hoa has fertile resources at his disposal that would make this book excellent without the coy cut-and-paste from other sources. This book suffers from not having a bibliography or an index.
While THE DARK JOURNEY is an important story, one written with the intention of "telling the truth" to later, post-1975 generations, a different approach would have served this purpose better. I would not recommend this book to my children even though I am personally afflicted by the events mentioned.
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